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      RS 23:231     



§231. Specific violations; penalties; enforcement

            A. No person shall:

            (1) Employ, permit, or suffer a minor to work in violation of the provisions of this Part.

            (2) Refuse, to the secretary or his authorized representatives, admission to the premises where minors are employed, or otherwise obstruct the secretary or his representatives in the performance of their duties.

            (3) Hide or cause any minor to escape, or give him warning of the approach of any officer charged with the enforcement of the provisions of this Part.

            B. Any person who violates Subsection A or any other provision of this Part for which a penalty is not otherwise provided shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars nor more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both.

            C.(1) Any person violating the provisions of this Part shall, in addition to the criminal penalty provided in Subsection B, be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed five hundred dollars.

            (2) Reasonable litigation expenses may be awarded to the prevailing party of the adjudicatory hearing. "Reasonable litigation expenses" means any expenses, not exceeding seven thousand five hundred dollars, reasonably incurred in prosecuting, opposing, or contesting an agency action, including but not limited to attorney fees, stenographer fees, investigative fees and expenses, witness fees and expenses, and administrative costs.

            D. Civil penalties for a violation of this Part may be imposed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission only by a ruling of the secretary pursuant to an adjudicatory hearing held in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act.

            E. The secretary may institute civil proceedings in the Nineteenth Judicial District Court to enforce his rulings. The court shall award to the prevailing party reasonable attorney fees and judicial interest from the date of judgment until paid and all court costs.

            F. The secretary may institute civil proceedings in the Nineteenth Judicial District Court seeking injunctive relief to restrain and prevent violations of the provisions of this Part or of the rules and regulations adopted under the provisions of this Part. The court shall award reasonable attorney fees and court costs to the prevailing party.

            G. The secretary is empowered to enforce the civil provisions of this Part and to adopt and promulgate such reasonable rules and regulations and to conduct such investigations as he deems necessary to ensure enforcement of this Part.

            H. Out of the civil penalties collected for violations of this Chapter, expenses incurred in enforcing the provisions of this Chapter may be paid by the commission.

            Amended by Acts 1976, No. 624, §2, eff. Aug. 4, 1976; Acts 1992, No. 443, §1; Acts 1993, No. 611, §1, eff. June 15, 1993; Acts 1997, No. 1114, §1, eff. July 14, 1997; Acts 2008, No. 743, §7, eff. July 1, 2008.

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