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La Crosse County restaurant among many fined for letting minors work unauthorized hours

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One restaurant in La Crosse County is among dozens owned by a Kentucky company where teenage employees reportedly were permitted to work long hours in violation of child labor laws. 

The Manna company has been fined over $150,000 for letting kids under 16 put in excessive hours, or work too early or too late in the day, at 99 Wendy’s and Fazoli restaurants, including 40 in Wisconsin.

Five specific complaints were reported to the U.S. Department of Labor at the Onalaska Wendy’s, but the citation also covers restaurants throughout Wisconsin and other states. 

Wisconsin outlets — five Fazoli’s and 35 Wendy’s — accounted for more than one-third of the minors who worked unusual shifts, meaning that they worked outside the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. restrictions on school nights, or longer hours than allowed by law.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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