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Auburn Jack in the Box Owner Receives Third Violation, Facing Nearly $70,000 Fine

wa dept of labor and industries, washington state department of labor and industries, L&I, wa dept of L&IThe owner of an Auburn Jack in the Box restaurant faces nearly $70,000 in fines for working minors beyond allowed hours, and not providing meal and rest breaks as required under law.

It’s the third time the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has cited the owner, Northwest Food Management Group Inc., of Kirkland. The firm operates 28 restaurants and failed to meet a June 25 deadline to appeal the $68,800 fine, which they also haven’t paid.

“We’ve explained the law, and we’re willing to provide training again to the company and its site managers,” said Josie Bryan, youth employment specialist for L&I. “The laws requiring meal and rest breaks help prevent teen injuries.”

In 2019, 673 youth age 17 and under, reported injuries on the job in Washington.

The citation covers June 1-Nov. 1, 2019 and involves the treatment of six teens. It includes more than 260 instances of working the youths beyond the hours allowed under law during school and summer hours; and nearly 400 instances of not allowing teens a required meal or rest break. The restaurant also did not have proof of age or signed Parent/School Authorization forms.

Northwest Food Management previously paid $32,250 for two citations after an L&I investigation at a company-owned Jack in the Box in Kent. Those cases covered the same violations as at the Auburn restaurant, 524 A St. S.E.

In all, the company’s fines total more than $100,000 — among the highest fines L&I has issued for youth employment law violations.

Summer hours

Teens under age 18 can now work summer hours — at least until school begins again this fall. To hire teens, employers must have a minor work permit endorsement on their business license, have a completed Parent Summer Authorization form (school signature not required during summer), and keep proof of age on file.

“Most employers want to do the right thing and we want to make sure they have the resources they need to train staff properly to stay safe in the workplace,” Bryan said. “This includes virus protections.”

More information about work requirements for teens is available L&I’s teen workers website, and simply clicking on “Hours of Work.” There is also information about prohibited duties and how to hire teens.

Update July 10, 2020: 
We have received multiple inquiries as to what other locations this group owns.  Searching the Washington Department of Revenue website returns the below results.  Please remember that though Northwest Food Management Group Inc owns these locations, employees and managers that very likely have nothing to do with these violations work in the actual restaurants. jack in the box auburn, auburn wa jack in the box fines, jack in the box auburn washington l&I, northwest food management group inc,

The above is a press release from the WA State Department of Labor & Industries. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents. 


  1. Jeremiah Jeremiah July 9, 2020

    Which Jack in the Box(es) operate under this franchise owner? I’d like to not give my money to people violating labor laws

    • Elizabeth Miller Elizabeth Miller Post author | July 10, 2020

      The article has been updated with this information.

  2. Janet Janet July 11, 2020

    Why hasn’t this piggish thief been dealt with by law enforcement? Or is it only a serious crime when the capitalists are the ones being robbed and stolen from?

    • Dean Fuller Dean Fuller July 11, 2020

      Well it is a civil violation, so I don’t know what you mean by “law enforcement”. I find it appalling we are teaching our teens that a job is a right, and certain conditions of that job are “rights”. Parents should be teaching teens that a job is not a right and that they are free to sell their labor on the open market under terms agreeable to them and the employer – not the State.

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