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A Spanish Fork clothing retailer paid more than $84,000 in back wages and penalties for violating child labor laws and firing the employee who reported the activity to authorities.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that Leggings Live, also known as Legg-A-Licious, violated minimum wage, overtime, child labor, record-keeping and anti-retaliation in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

According to a press release, the company employed minors who were younger than the legal minimum age of 14 and allowed them to work more hours than legally allowed.

The minors were also assigned tasks that are prohibited for workers younger than 18 years old, including unloading and loading merchandise from vehicles to stock the company warehouse.

Investigators with the department also discovered that at least five employees had worked more than 40 hours per week without being paid overtime.

“Overtime violations resulted from the firm’s practice of paying employees straight time without regard to the number of hours they worked,” the press release stated.

Legg-A-Licious also fired an employee at the Spanish Fork facility after the employee reported the activity to authorities, according to the department.

The company paid $42,560 in back wages and liquidated damages to six employees, including $33,664 to the employee who was fired in retaliation.

Another $41,488 was paid in civil money penalties for violating the child labor provisions.

“Employment standards for minors ensure that they gain a positive work experience that does not interfere with their education, health and well-being. Child labor violations can be avoided when employers understand the rules,” said division district director Kevin Hunt in the press release. “In addition, employees should not have to fear retaliation when they exercise their rights under the law. The Wage and Hour Division will continue to use all available resources to enforce worker protections.”

Ashley Stilson covers crime, courts and breaking news for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2556 or astilson@heraldextra.com.

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