Exterior of Cowboy

The Cowboy restaurant is the first and anchor business in a planned retail center at the U.S. 21/Bailey Road intersection.

CORNELIUS – The owners of Cowboy Steak Chicken Ribs, at the intersection of U.S. 21 and Bailey Road in the Oakhurst development, have been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor for violating child-labor laws.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that 15-year-old employees were allowed to work outside of legally approved hours and for more hours than allowed by law, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Investigators found that minors worked after 7 p.m. on school nights, worked more than three hours on a school day, worked more than eight hours on a non-school day and worked after 9 p.m. during the summer, all of which are FLSA violations.

Cowboy LKN LLC paid a fine of $12,085, the labor department said.

Cowboy is owned by Joe Douglas, who also owns neighboring 131 Main.

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