DOL orders Tuff Torq to pay $1.8M over child labor violations

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor (DOL) ordered Tennessee-based Tuff Torq Corp. to pay nearly $1.8 million over alleged child labor violations.

The DOL’s Office of the Solicitor secured a federal consent judgment mandating the power equipment manufacturing company cease its illegal employment of children, adhere to federal child labor laws, and pay a nearly $300,000 penalty and $1.5 million in disgorgement, the agency announced in a press release Monday.

The action, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee on Friday, addressed Tuff Torq’s employment of 10 children subjected to oppressive child labor, the DOL said. Tuff Torq supplies major companies including John Deere, Toro, and Yamaha.

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