Mormon church fined $1.9 million by the Department of Labor for violating child labor laws.

Mormon church fined $1.9 million by the Department of Labor for violating child labor laws. September 10, 2015

Wouldn’t you just believe it?  The “being religious doesn’t allow you to dodge whatever laws you please” crowd is now going after Mormons:

The Department of Labor (DOL) is fining one of the largest fundamentalist Mormon churches $1.9 million for allegedly violating child labor laws.

The agency says its wage and hour division conducted a multiyear investigation and found that leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) illegally hired young children in Southern Utah and northern Arizona to harvest pecans by hand for commercial sale.

On Wednesday, DOL took administrative action to collect $1.9 million from FLDS Church members Dale Barlow and Brian Jessop, and Paragon Contractors Corp. for child labor violations that occurred during the 2012-2013 pecan harvest.

The department has also filed a lawsuit against the FLDS Church Bishop Lyle Jeffs and Barlow to claim back wages and initiated a contempt of court action against Jessop and Paragon for violating a 2007 court order that restrained them from violating child labor laws.

At least 1,400 FLDS children and adults allegedly worked in the fields for no compensation.

Wait, the DoL initiated a contempt of court action against the church?  Man, just goes to show how Mormonism (not violating child labor laws) is being criminalized in this country.  Thanks, Huckabee.  I mean, isn’t this an assault on their values?  Aren’t the leaders of this church just acting on their sincerely-held beliefs that children should work?

Yeah, and they should still be fined into the ground for it.  Whether you’re Kim Davis or Dale Barlow, being religious doesn’t mean you get to visit misery on your fellow humans with impunity.  It also doesn’t mean you get to pick and choose which laws you follow.

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