Iowa Independent: Braley takes aim at federal child labor penalties after Agriprocessors charges
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent
Charges of state child labor law violations at Agriprocessors have
prompted a member of Iowa's congressional delegation to propose new
federal legislation that would increase penalties against offending
companies. "Yesterday's charges against Agriprocessors emphasize the
need to protect children against unsafe and illegal working
conditions," said U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. "When employers purposefully
break the law by hiring children for dangerous jobs, they put our
children's lives and safety at risk. The current, low federal
penalties must be increased to deter future child labor violations."
Tuesday morning Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed documents in
Allamakee County against Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in
Postville, charging the company and five individuals with more than
9,000 violations of state child labor laws.