Employer had children working 12-hour shifts, mistreated them

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Orlov v. Amato, O.L.R.B. Rep. 373, 2003 CarswellOnt 3467

An 11-year-old and two 13-year-olds sold chocolates door-to-door, for up to 12 hours a day, during March and April 2002. Their employer, the All Ontario Youth Group, based in Vaughan, Ont., was to give them 50 cents a box commission as compensation. After days, or in some cases weeks, of work the employer did not compensate the children at all.

The children’s working conditions were not good. Their supervisor, Joe Amato, would pick the kids up in groups of six and drive them to their sales location. Without any input from the children he would decide where and when the sales would be conducted.