John Chevilott is a former public-works employee in Wayne County, Michigan who was fired after he found a loaded snubnosed revolver and turned it in. The veteran employee of the Department of Public Services thought he was doing the right thing. He finished his day job and then turned the gun into police later the same evening. After 23 years of employment, Chevilott was fired for violation of department policies, and his foreman who knew about the incident was suspended for 30 days. See
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
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 516-873-9559.