Shocking revelations of child labor have rocked the Los Angeles poultry industry, leading to a multi-million dollar settlement and raising serious questions about worker safety and corporate accountability. Exclusive Poultry Inc., a local poultry processor, has agreed to pay nearly $4 million in back wages, damages, and penalties after admitting to employing children as young as 14 in dangerous and demanding jobs.
According to the investigation conducted by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, these children, all indigenous Guatemalan migrants with limited English or Spanish proficiency, were subjected to grueling conditions. They were forced to stand. . .