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Violations of Labor Law

Violations of any provision of the Labor Law, the Industrial Code, or any rule, regulation, or lawful order of the Department of Labor is a misdemeanor and is punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both. The Labor Law also provides for the imposition of civil penalties for each violation of labor law governing the employment of minors under 18 years of age by an employer. The penalties are fines of up to $1,000 for the first violation, $2,000, for the second, and $3,000 for the third and subsequent violations. The largest penalty for injury or death is triple the maximum penalty allowed under the law for such a violation.

An employer may not penalize or discharge an employee because he or she has complained to the Labor Department that the employer has violated any provision of the Labor Law.

The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act authorizes the Secretary of Labor to assess a civil money penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation of the labor provisions regarding minors or any of its regulations. This penalty is in addition to those provisions for fines, imprisonment, or restraint by injunction.

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