Abusive Child Labor Practices

Cinemark, formally Muvico, in Boca Raton

Imagine your 16 or 17 year-old daughter getting off work at 2:30 a.m. and then driving home near a bunch of bars that just closed.  That’s what one movie theater demands of its high school employees in Boca Raton.  The company name: Cinemark

No business should be allowed to demand kids in high school to work until 1 a.m. or 2:30 a.m. any day of the week.  It’s legal in Florida but that doesn’t mean it’s right.

Cinemark, Muvico, and others get away with this because most college kids demand higher pay for those hours or make more money in restaurants and other industries that aren’t available to kids in high school.

Muvico scheduled high school employees to work Thanksgiving Day last year, upsetting and ruining family vacations and dinner plans, and had the high school employees come in for an hour and then sent them home. They must have just wanted them “on-call” in case they needed them, without paying them.  They also told their employees that they couldn’t request vacation or time-off during holidays.  They wouldn’t accept any request.

Nice.  There’s a family friendly company.

After talking to a bunch of parents across South Florida, this type of overly-aggressive employment practice is common in the movie theater industry.

I’ll be forwarding this to our Florida State Legislature to try and get them to change the law.

Do you have these experiences with movie theaters or other industries?  Report them here.

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