Arizona Grower Fined 50k for Child Labor Violations

The United States Department of Labor has fined Nickerson Farms $48,000.00 for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act child labor laws. DOL Investigators investigated the grower and determined that Nickerson Farms employed six children between June and August to help week okra fields and set gopher traps.

During the course of the investigation, investigators determined that six children between the ages of 9 and 13 were under the employ of Nickerson. None of the children over 11 years old had written parental consent, and thus, their employment was illegal under the FLSA.

Ariz. grower fined for violating child labor laws, Bloomberg Business Week, November 10, 2010