A local pizza chain has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor for violating child labor laws, the department announced in a Feb. 22 press release.
Owners of Mio's Pizza in Mariemont and Milford were handed a combined $30,000 fine from the department after an investigation starting in May 2022 found violations of child labor, overtime and recordkeeping regulations. Authorities said shop owners Dan and Leslie Igo violated several provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Mio's MariemontAt the Mio's location in Cincinnati's Mariemont neighborhood at 6930 Madisonville Road, which is operated by Stuff It LCC, investigators found 12 minors under the age of 16 were performing tasks in the kitchen that are illegal for employees of their age, including operating gas ovens, moving pizzas in and out of the a broiler/conveyor oven and using a mechanical dough puller and sheeter.
The investigation also found that 16 minors were assigned to work more hours than legally allowed for a minor. A manager was also found to be denying required overtime wages to an employee, claiming they were salaried and exempt from overtime pay. The department said the employee was paid only $584 per week, not the $684 required by law to make an employee exempt from overtime.
Mio's MilfordAt the location in Milford on 732 Middleton Way, which was operated by Black Cat Pizzeria Inc. at the time of the investigation, investigators said they found nine minors under the age of 16 performing the same illegal duties seen in Mariemont. There were 20 minors found to be working more hours than legally allowed, and a manager owed back wages for a similar false overtime exemption claim.
CityBeat reached out to Mio's in an effort to speak with the owners, but they were not immediately available for comment.
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