from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The full-time employment of children who are under a minimum legal age.

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  • n. The employment of children who are under the legal (or generally recognised) minimum age


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  • In the Lochner case, and in a whole series of cases prior to Lochner being overturned, the Supreme Court consistently overturned basic measures like minimum wage laws, child labor safety laws, and rights to organize, deeming those laws as somehow violating a constitutional right to private property.

    Remarks of U.S. Senator Barack Obama on the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown

  • The world of somnambulism, whose exalted and sensitive citizens are outraged by the knockouts of the prizering, and who annually not merely knock out, but kill, thousands of babies and children by means of child labor and adulterated food.

    The Somnambulists

  • Surely you would not call his advocacy of that child labor bill and of the conservation of the forest and coal lands stirring up the wild-beast passions of the people?


  • FDR also initiated laws that fundamentally changed the relationship between capital and labor: the forty-hour workweek, child labor laws, and minimum wage laws; and the National Labor Relations Act, which made it possible to organize broad-based industrial unions and forced employers to bargain in good faith.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights is headed by Charles Kernaghan , who is best known for disclosing at a congressional hearing in 1996 that a clothing line then being sold at Wal-Mart under the name of TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford was made with child labor in Honduras.

    Sex Abuse Alleged at Apparel Maker

  • When piled one atop another, they would have been enough to make any organization sound like a sinister cabal: The Girl Scouts of the USA reportedly uses winsome, underage children to peddle the high-fructose products it depends on for a significant portion of its income; the organization understandably has an interest in weakening child labor laws.

    The Panic Virus


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