Prosecutors are to fine Russian branches of McDonald’s after inspections revealed “numerous violations of labor regulations and the rights of underage employees”.
Working teenagers have several perks and are barred from hazardous occupations, according to Russian law. For instance, you have to be an adult to cook French fries or clean a public lavatory, but both are common practice in Russian McDonald’s restaurants, a statement of the General Prosecutor’s Office says.
Some employees reportedly did not pass the obligatory medical examination before being allowed to work in the kitchen. It is claimed that others were taken advantage of after leaving the company, when they were not paid their due wage in full.
Some students were offered working schedules which clashed with their classes, resulting in them skipping school – a violation under the Russian labor code.
Prosecutors have demanded that the company acts on their findings and complies with the legislation.
The inspectors visited nine McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow and the Moscow region. McDonald’s had 245 establishments in Russia in early 2010.