MADISON, Ala. — According to www.waaytv.com, On the Spot Car Wash and Auto Detail is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor after allegations it has underaged children working there.
Dashcam footage from a customer’s van, which was getting detailed in June, shows three children, who may be too young, washing a car, the article continued.
When the owner of the van dropped it off, he did not see the children, but when Jimmy Lewis picked up the van the next day, he said, “I saw what looked to be an older adult with two younger kids. They looked like they were getting off work.”
Lewis was concerned, so he asked the van’s owner, Young Chun, to check the dashcam footage, the article added.
When Chun saw the video of the kids working, he guessed them to be around the ages of “13, 12 and 11,” he said.
Because it did not seem right to him, Chun reported the carwash to the U.S. Department of Labor, the article noted.
Federal law states it is illegal for children under the age of 14 to have this kind of job unless they are working for their parents, the article stated.
However, it is unclear from the footage whether these are the children of the carwash owner or how old they actually are, the article added.
The Department of Labor cannot comment on an open investigation, but if the carwash is found to have broken the law, it could face thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in fines, the article noted.
The attorney who represents the business told WAAY 31 News his client has no comment on the situation, the article concluded.
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