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Mon Dec 4, 2023, 04:37 PM Dec 2023

L.A. poultry firm hired kids as young as 14 to work with sharp knives, Labor Dept. says [View all]

The Labor Department says that a Los Angeles-based poultry processor hired children as young as 14 to debone chicken with sharp knives and hid minors in closets when investigators showed up to ask questions, according to court documents and a new consent decree with the company announced Monday.

The poultry processor, known as The Exclusive Poultry, processes chicken at two L.A. locations and sells its chicken to retailers like the grocery chain Aldi and Ralphs Grocery Co., a subsidiary of the Kroger Co. As part of the consent decree, The Exclusive Poultry agreed to pay more than $3.8 million, including back wages, damages and $200,000 in civil penalties for hiring children, according to the Labor Department.

“The Exclusive Poultry and owner Tony Bran willfully withheld workers’ hard-earned wages, endangered young workers and retaliated against employees to conceal their wrongdoing,” said Jessica Looman, administrator of the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division. She added that the division "will continue to work at every level of the industry to prevent employers or retailers from exploiting workers, including children, for profit.”

The company’s attorney, Anthony McClaren, told NBC News: “These were just allegations and the case was in its infancy. We were just beginning to do our own discovery to understand whether or not these allegations were true.”


Yeah, right. You know damn well they are. Stop stalling.

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