The US sues Hyundai for allegedly employing a minor at its Alabama plant – NBC Chicago

The U.S. Department of Labor wants a federal judge to block Hyundai and two other Alabama companies from what the government says is the illegal employment of children.

The complaint filed Thursday follows an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division that found a 13-year-old worked between 50 and 60 hours a week operating machinery on an assembly line that formed sheet metal into body parts.

Defendants include Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC, SMART Alabama LLC and Best Practice Service, LLC. The lawsuit states that it aims to end the use of child labor and requires the companies to give up profits associated with the alleged practice.

Hyundai said in a statement that it has fully cooperated with the Ministry of Labor and that it is unfair to be held responsible for the practices of its suppliers.

“We are reviewing the new lawsuit and intend to vigorously defend the company,” the statement said.

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