SAN DIEGO (CBS/AP) — Federal regulators are investigating whether the use of high school volunteers at San Diego Chargers games violates child-labor laws.
U-T San Diego says the Department of Labor is looking into the longtime practice of using students to check tickets and usher fans at Qualcomm Stadium.
According to reports, students who would work for a 9-hour work day for either as an usher, parking attendant or tickets receiver would receive as little $40 per shift – which is around $4.50/hr. California minimum wage is $8/hr.
Students from several schools in the San Diego Unified School District worked for free but their student groups received contributions.
“We are currently working with the Department of Labor as it relates to an inquiry and while we anticipate an expeditious and positive outcome, we hope that any information published will fairly and accurately reflect that no determination to date has been made,” the statement said received by the San Diego paper..
The probe involves work for a stadium contractor called Elite Show Services.
Both the district and Elite say they’re cooperating.