The Iowa Labor Commissioner’s Office has sent dozens of alleged violations against Agriprocessors to the state attorney general for prosecution.
In its months-long investigation, the labor commissioner’s office found 57 cases of alleged child labor violations by the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse, according to a news release from the Iowa Workforce Development. Each case includes multiple violations.
â€œThe investigation brings to light egregious violations of virtually every aspect of Iowaâ€™s child labor laws,â€ said Dave Neil, the state’s labor commissioner. â€œIt is my recommendation that the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office prosecute these violations to the fullest extent of the law.â€
Allegations against the Agriprocessors’ plant in Postville, Iowa, include minors working in prohibited occupations, failing to obtain work permits, exceeding the allowable hours, exposing employees to hazardous chemicals and working with prohibited tools, according to Neil.
Under Iowa law, each day a violation continues constitutes a separate offense.
Agriprocessors has been struggling to restore its production capacity and revive its public image since May 12, when a federal immigration raid on the plant netted 389 illegal workers. Claims that underage workers were employed at the plant were among a host of allegations that emerged in the raid’s aftermath.