The Mexican fast-casual restaurant chain ran afoul of child labor law 16 times, racking up nearly 250 federal labor law violations, more than any other Michigan employer in 2022.
A tiny Michigan restaurant chain racked up more Department of Labor citations for violating federal labor law than any other employer in Michigan last year, according to labor department records.
Border Grill, which operates four Mexican fast-casual restaurants in the state, received nearly 250 citations in 2022 for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including 16 violations of federal child labor law – more than any other employer in the state. Border Grill also accumulated more than $10,000 in fines, according to a labor department enforcement database.
The FLSA is the federal law that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and youth employment standards.
Border Grill’s troubles stem from two of its locations. The Munising restaurant was cited for 172 violations, more than any single location in Michigan last year. The labor department fined the restaurant $7,340, labor department records say.
The chain’s Nagaunee site had the second most violations of any Michigan business last year, collecting 77. It was fined $3,288, according to the labor department.
Of the violations, the Border Grill ran afoul of child labor laws 16 times between the two locations – 10 at the Munising and six at Nagaunee. The violations occurred between 2020-2022, the labor department says.
Full details about the violations were not immediately available from the labor department. A spokesperson from Border Grill did not respond to a request for comment.
Border Grill operates restaurants in Houghton as well as its original site in Marquette. No violations were reported at either of those locations, according to the labor department.
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