Chipotle will pay $300,000 to resolve allegations of child labor law violations in D.C.

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By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, After an investigation into allegations of D.C. child labor law violations, Chipotle Mexican Grill (Chipotle) has agreed to pay the city $322,400 and institute a new training and workplace compliance plan. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) reportedly determined hundreds of instances of minors working more hours than the legal cap at the fast-casual chain.& Chipotle, which operates 20 restaurants in D.C., settled similar allegations with the state of New Jersey and Massachusetts in previous years.& “This outcome continues the OAG’s proven track record of enforcing D.C.’s labor protections to the fullest extent of the law,” said Attorney General Brian Schwalb. “We will put this settlement to good use by helping connect District youth with apprenticeships and workforce training opportunities, building on our efforts to ensure that all young people in the District have the chance to thrive and succeed.” In D.C., child labor laws prevent minors from working more than six consecutive days in a week, more than eight hours in a day and more than 48 hours in one week, according to the Code of the District of Columbia.& Those aged 16 or 17 are also unable to work before...