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Chick-fil-A who pays workers with bread instead of real money has just been fined by the Ministry of Labor


A Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Carolina caused outrage this summer by pay “volunteers” with bread instead of money. Now, it has been required by a federal agency to release wages for those workers.

Ministry of Labor on Monday release a statement says that some employees at a store in Hendersonville who were asked to direct traffic were being paid with “food vouchers instead of wages, in violation of minimum wage regulations.”

The agency added, “Employers are responsible for paying workers for all hours worked and payment must be made in cash or by legal tender.”

restaurant made angry comments after posting a “job” opportunity on Facebook page, wrote on July 26: “We are looking for volunteers for our new Drive Thru Express! Earn 5 free items for every shift (1 hour) worked. Message us for details.

It quickly removed the post after the backlash, writing in a follow-up post: “Thanks for everyone’s concern on this matter. This is a volunteer-based opportunity, which means people can choose to volunteer if they think it’s right for them. We’ve had many people sign up and enjoy doing and have done many times. These subscribers chose it voluntarily. We’re still hiring full-time and part-time team members, so if you want to work in our store, we’ll pay $19/hour.”

Like many Chick-Fil-A locations, the restaurant is operated independently of the chain’s parent organization. Asset contacted the second restaurant, as well as the specific restaurant that offered “volunteer” positions for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

The restaurant was also fined for letting teenagers operate dangerous machinery. According to the statement, three workers under the age of 18 were allowed to operate, load or unload the compactor, in violation of federal child labor regulations that prohibit the use of minors in hazardous work.

“The protection of our youngest workers continues to be a top priority,” said Richard Blaylock, regional director for the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in Raleigh, North Carolina. “Child labor laws ensure that when young people work, it does not jeopardize their health, happiness or educational opportunities.”

The Fair Labor Standards Act limits what jobs workers under the age of 18 can do and the number of hours they can do, with additional restrictions on workers under the age of 16.

This is not the first time Chick-fil-A has insulted the Department of Labor. In August, the agency fine a shop in Tampa, Florida, nearly $12,500 for allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to work past 7 p.m. and more than three hours on school days.

This story was originally featured on Fortune.com

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