A Chick-Fil-A In North Carolina Was Fined Over Its “Volunteer” Program That Paid People In Meals Instead Of Wages

Although the franchisee took the Facebook post down, a lot of people expressed their outrage at the “volunteer” program on social media.

“The national median monthly rent price is $2,000, or 466 Chick-fil-A sandwiches,” one person tweeted.

“Don’t think there are too many landlords around that will accept sandwiches as a form of rent payment,” another Twitter user wrote.

The franchisee was ultimately fined $6,450 in addition to $235 in back pay to the seven employees.

The DOL also found that the location employed teenagers to perform hazardous jobs, including operating a trash compactor.

In the statement, Richard Blaylock, the North Carolina wage and hour division district director, said protecting the youngest workers is his department’s top priority.

“Child labor laws ensure that when young people work, the work does not jeopardize their health, well-being or educational opportunities,” Blaylock said. “In addition, employers are responsible to pay workers for all of the hours worked and the payment must be made in cash or legal tender.”

Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

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