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Decatur plant cited for labor violations

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

Gemstone Foods owed 595 employees more than $140,000 in back wages and damages after the U.S. Department of Labor found overtime violations at the chicken-cutting company’s two Decatur facilities.

In June, the TimesDaily reported the state department of labor fined Gemstone $64,200 for violations related to a dozen teen workers at its McEntire Lane facility. The youngest was 13.

The teens’ documentation showed large discrepancies in age, “so egregious that a layperson could identify these documents were forged,” according to an Alabama Department of Labor report.

At that time, the federal department’s investigation was still ongoing. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) on Thursday said it found three types of violations, including the employment of underage workers.

Read more at Times Daily

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