A recent performance of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway was canceled. According to police reports, a 29 year old stagehand died from a drug overdose he suffered backstage. However, the death did not involve any safety issues or accidents related to the production. The stagehand was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest backstage shortly before 8 p.m. The Broadway stagehands’ union has declined to comment and audience members were expected to receive a refund. Read full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/nyregion/stagehands-death-leads-to-cancellation-of-how-to-succeed-show.html?src=me&ref=nyregion

While labor violations were not at issue here, safe labor standards must be in place for all US citizen employees, and Broadways plays are no exception. According to the New York State Department of Labor, violations of any provision of the Labor Law, the Industrial Code, or any rule, regulation, or lawful order of the Department of Labor is a misdemeanor. Violators can be punished by fine or imprisonment, or both, as well as even civil penalties (up to $10,000) for each violation of labor law governing the employment of minors under 18 years old by an employer. Penalties include fine up to $1,000 for the first violation, $2,000, for the second, and $3,000 for the third and subsequent violations. Also, according to the New York State Department of Labor, an employer is not allowed penalize or discharge an employee because he/she complained to the Labor Department about the employer violating the law. See: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/minors.shtm

If you or someone you know has been affected by a violation of child labor laws or underage employment, the lawyers at Leeds Brown Law, PC, have extensive experience in handling all matters of labor disputes regarding wage and hour law, child labor law, and workers compensation lawsuits. Victims of such offenses may be entitled to compensation. For more information or a consultation, contact Leeds Brown Law, PC at 1-888-5-JOBLAW.