Chargers probed for possible child labor violations

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Chargers InvestigationSAN DIEGO — Federal investigators were reported Friday to be looking into whether any child labor laws were violated when groups of San Diego Unified students volunteered at Chargers games in exchange for contribution to student organizations.

On multiple occasions, the students assisted with checking tickets, showing fans to their seats and performed other low-level jobs, according to U- T San Diego. Citing district records now being combed through by the U.S. Department of Labor, the newspaper reported at least one group of students was paid $40 per student shift, lasting up to nine hours at a time, or as little as $4.50 an hour.

Investigators appeared to be zeroing in on a group-labor contract between the San Diego High School Associated Student Body and Elite Show Services, the staffing company that provides security and ushering at home Chargers games, U-T San Diego reported. Similar contracts also apparently being looked at involve Clairemont, Mission Bay, Serra and University City high schools.

“We are fully cooperating and working with the Department of Labor to provide the information they have asked for,” Bernie Rhinerson, chief of staff for San Diego schools, told U-T San Diego.

The newspaper reported the investigation period covers a two-year span ending last October.

What triggered the probe wasn’t immediately revealed.


  • maribel

    my son that is 17 years old,worked for register voters and he started from 5:00am to 9:00pm.,and he did not get pay any money,no even $1 per hour,and many teens.worked and didnt get you think the recruters keep their money?

    • Dave

      I applied to work the polls, I had to sign a form declaring I was atleast 18 (legal voting age). They also pay you a stipend to work the polls, up to $100. sounds fishy if someone who is not legal to vote was allowed to work polls and also not be paid for it.

  • Adidasbuggy

    I'm not surprise Elite Show Services name came up on this article. That company is so shady. Their all a group of hogs that never were able to pass a law enforcement exam. Therefore, they got together to from the biggest shadiest rent a cop agency.

  • romeo

    fundraisers are done in many ways …………why pick on those who want to help ………is there anything better to do . who ever investigated this issue were they able to get into the games for free…or did they pay for their seats …………..

    • Guest

      The Registrar of Voters sends a letter to the high school principals. Students are excused from school to work on election day from 6 am to 9 or 10 pm, depending on how long it takes to pack up the precinct stuff. Poll workers can choose to volunteer as civic duty or to be paid a stipend of about $75 or more, depends on the job. Students sign a form which states they are donating their stipend to the high school Associated Student Body, typically for senior graduation activities. Students must be 16+, attend trainings (online) and work for the entire day. Lots of students in San Diego Unified School District work in the election polls to raise money for their schools.

  • Guest

    Elite Show Services, Centerplate and Ace Parking were NOT making donations to the school programs. These companies DID NOT write a check from the kindness of their hearts to support educational programs. A donation by IRS laws is a gift of money with no expectation in return. Any part of a "donation" that provided a benefit to the donor is not a donation. Instead, these companies devised a plan that reaped rewards of cheap labor by exploiting public school students – paying no state taxes, federal taxes, social security or workers compensation taxes, disability taxes, etc. These companies only paid if workers were provided. How is standing in a parking lot directing cars considered volunteering? Would these companies have written checks under these contracts if no workers had been provided? The San Diego Unified School District has the legal responsibility to protect public school students but for years, allowed this exploitation. This is a great liability for taxpayers if a student is injured while "volunteering" to fund school programs. The Registrar of Voters allows teenagers to work as poll workers and "donates" the stipend to the school program. The difference is that it is a government entity not a private business. It is during a school day and very long day from 6 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. sometimes.

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