Jackie Gingrich Cushman is the daughter of Newt Gingrich. Newt Gingrich has made public speeches at news conferences where his said that his daughter worked part time at a minimum wage janitorial job when she was 13, where she scrubbed bathrooms two days a week. Jackie supported that fact that he job helped her to learn the value of work.  This called into question whether his daughter’s job was in violation of child labor law. According to the US Department of Labor, child labor laws now in effect, teens at the age of 13 are not allowed to hold janitorial jobs, and there are no exemptions for religious organizations.  However, 13 year olds can deliver newspapers, babysit, work as an actor or performer, or work in a business owned or operated by their parents.  There are also restrictions for teens at other ages under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.  See

The Department of Labor is the sole federal agency that monitors child labor and enforces child labor laws. The federal law which governs the abuse of child workers is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  FLSA restricts the hours that youth under 16 years of age can work and lists hazardous occupations too dangerous for young workers to perform.  Enforcement of the FLSA’s child labor provisions is handled by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division.  Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009.  Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.  There is no limit on the number of hours employees 16 years or older may work in any workweek.  See: http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/index.htm

If you or someone you know has been affected by a violation of child labor laws or underage employment, the lawyers at Leeds Morelli & Brown, 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 Morelli & Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 or 516-873-9550