Monday, February 05, 2024

Washington Post: "How a teen’s job violated child labor laws" Comic by Julia Mata


Julia Mata draws a nonfiction comic for The Washington Post's "How a teen’s job violated child labor laws" by Lauren Kaori Gurley and Emmanuel Martinez that was published on February 2, 2024.

"Fast food companies fueled a surge in child labor violations in 2023, with thousands of teenagers illegally scheduled to work late and long hours. Among them was high school senior Sebastian Marek, who got a job at a McDonald’s in Los Angeles to help his mom pay rent.

"Managers scheduled Marek to work too long on school nights when he was 17. He lost sleep, missed classes and received warnings that he might not be able to graduate high school.

"This nonfiction comic is based on extensive interviews with Marek, now 18, his mother, his co-workers, as well as data from the U.S. Labor Department, photographs and California labor commissioner records. Scenes and dialogue reflect their memories and The Post’s extensive reporting on child labor violations."




These are the first four pages. The rest is here.

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