Taco Bell franchisee cited for labor violations

The Department of Labor and Industries is proposing $70,000 in fines.

MARYSVILLE — A Taco Bell franchise owner with a history of labor violations has been cited by state authorities for allegedly violating teen labor laws at Taco Bell restaurants in Marysville and Auburn.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries is proposing a total of $70,000 in fines related to similar violations at both locations.

The franchise owner, California-based Taco Bell of America LLC, is appealing the Marysville citation.

A Washington State Department of Labor and Industries investigation at the Marysville location, at 17105 27th N.E., earlier this year found that 11 minor employees worked more than three hours without taking a rest break 59 times. Nine minors worked more than four hours without a rest break on 20 occasions.

The restaurant also failed to produce parent school authorization forms or proof of the age of workers, the agency alleges.

In the past three years, the franchise owner has paid nearly $120,000 in fines. The company operates more than 60 restaurants in the state.

The violations and fine are connected to franchise locations owned by Taco Bell of America LLC.

There are other Taco Bell restaurants in the state that are not connected to this company, agency officials said.

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