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1) because the Manager authorized your son to have deli items the Store is Estopped from claiming theft and from seeking damages. Estopped is a legal term that means when a person tells you something and you rely on it they can not hold you accountable for relying on what they said. In this instance the manager was the face and authority of the store. He is liable not you or your son.
2) the company violated employment laws by over working your son.
So what you can do is two things:
1) File a Complaint with the State and federal Department of Labor:
2) file a claim against the company.
You can also try to get the media involved to embarrass the company for bullying and harassing the kids.
You should contact a local employment law attorney to assess your situation. If you have a valid counterclaim (and you may) the law provides for the employer (if they lose) to pay your attorneys fees. Also most attorneys will meet to assess your case for little or no cost. So it is worth making a call or two. This link can assist you in finding local counsel:
You want to put on a hard court press to get this company to re think their position of targeting these children for the violations of their manager.
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