Child Labor Violations in the U.S.?

Here is one thing I don’t get; in America, child labor is supposed to be illegal, right? Right!

According to the U.S. Department of Labor; “The child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are administered by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). These provisions are designed to protect the educational opportunities of minors and to prohibit their employment in jobs and under conditions detrimental to their health and well‑being. In nonagricultural work, the child labor provisions apply to enterprises with employees engaging in interstate commerce, producing goods for interstate commerce, or handling, selling, or working on goods or materials that have been moved in or produced for interstate commerce. For most firms, an annual dollar volume of business test of not less than $500,000 applies.”

But yet, there are thousands of children actors, who get paid millions of dollars to play in movies and TV shows and music, such as Raven-Symone was the youngest ever to sign a multi-million dollar music contract with a major record label. So, how’s that for not being considered child labor violations? If I was a lawyer I’d challenge that…!


2 thoughts on “Child Labor Violations in the U.S.?

  1. Good point – and I am afraid there are probably other violations of the child labor laws in the U.S., especially in agricultural areas. Fortunately, the laws have changed since your posting. As always, there will be some violators of the laws, considering what has happened to illegal immigrants who were employed in the U.S.

    I was reading a chronology of Richard Wright who was forced to leave school at the age of 10 to support his family after his father abandoned them in the 1920’s. The family struggled, but he ended up writing a best-selling novel which enabled him to support the family.

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