The U.S. Department of Labor and the Alabama Department of Labor fined SL Alabama, an Alabama based auto parts supplier for Hyundai and Kia, for employing children as young as 13. They also fined JK USA, a temporary labor recruiting firm.

From NPR, the Reuters report, "Behind the investigative report on child labor allegations at Hyundai Alabama plant."

"According to the Reuters report, which was documented by local police, current employees and family members of some of the youngsters, the plant has employed as many as 50 underage workers to work all shifts at the metal shop, which supplies parts for the vehicles assembled at Hyundai's flagship U.S. plant in Montgomery, Ala. Many are children of migrants from Central and South America. The Reuters review of the records noted that the plant has been cited for repeated health and safety violations, including amputation hazards."

A Hyundai executive on Wednesday said the company would “sever relations” with two Alabama plants accused of using child labor that supply parts to Hyundai’s Montgomery plant.

Is hiring underage children, many are immigrants, part of the conservative values?

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SL Tennessee

The company has a fairly large plant -- SL Tennessee -- in Clinton.

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Child labor and investigated in the Midwest

Child labor continues. Disgusting.

"Packers, a cleaning and sanitation company based in Kieler, Wis., provides contract work at hundreds of slaughtering and meatpacking plants across the country."

"The Labor Department found that Packers employed at least 31 children, ranging in age from 13 to 17, who cleaned dangerous equipment with corrosive cleaners during overnight shifts at three slaughtering and meatpacking facilities: a Turkey Valley Farms plant in Marshall, Minn., and JBS USA plants in Grand Island, Neb., and Worthington, Minn."

"Their jobs included cleaning kill floors, meat- and bone-cutting saws, grinding machines and electric knives, according to court documents. The mix of boys and girls were not fluent English speakers and were interviewed mostly in Spanish, investigators said."

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The investigation continued

The investigation continued and they found "One of the country's largest cleaning services for food processing companies employed more than 100 children in dangerous jobs at 13 meatpacking plants across the country..."

The U.S. Department of Labor announced over $1.5 million in civil penalties.

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Child labor investigated in Pigeon Forge

"A federal lawsuit filed accuses a Pigeon Forge hotel operator and its owner violated labor laws by denying workers wages and employing minors, two of whom were allegedly under the age of 12."

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