CVS fined for child labor, overtime violations

December 11, 2007 10:24:29 AM PST
CVS Caremark Corp. was fined more than $226,000 after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found dozens of stores changed employee timecards and violated child labor laws. The department found violations at 43 stores in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania, department spokesman John Chavez said Monday.

CVS was accused of allowing 78 underage workers to do hazardous work with cardboard compactors and balers and allowing seven 15-year-olds to work longer or later than the law allows, Chavez said.

Carolyn Castel, a spokeswoman for the Woonsocket-based company, said its workers had violated company policy. She said it agreed to train managers and minors on proper working conditions.

The company also agreed to pay more than $38,000 in back wages to 51 employees, in most cases because store managers allegedly changed their time cards, the labor department said. Castel said CVS disputes the labor department's overtime allegations, but agreed to pay back wages ranging from $39 to $300.