Alabama factory supplier sued for hiring underage workers
A factory that makes parts for Alabama’s Hyundai and Kia plants is now the focus of a federal child labor case.
Federal officials this week say a Korean-owned auto parts manufacturer and supplier to Hyundai and Kia violated federal child labor laws. The U.S. Department of Labor filed a federal lawsuit this week accusing the S.L. Alabama Company of repeatedly hiring workers under age 16 at its factory in Alexander City. The lawsuit included a proposed settlement.
A lawyer for the company signed the consent decree in which the company agreed to not hire underage workers, verify the ages of workers hired through a staffing agency, and to fire or discipline any managers aware of the use of underage workers.