Officials: Taping of Octuplets Violated Child Labor Laws
Nadya Suleman (Getty Images)
Radar Online put the newborns at risk by failing to get required state permits and videotaping the infants for hours and for periods of time banned by regulations, according to State Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet.
Labor Commission officials say the violations relate to the evening of March 17th, when Suleman's first two octuplets arrived home from the hospital to a media frenzy. They say more citations could be filed against the website and that the investigation is on-going.
Child labor laws require that filming of infants be done with a permit and can only occur once a day for a maximum of twenty minutes, during certain hours of the day. The web site failed to get a work permit, an entertainment permit and did not have a studio teacher on site while filming was taking place, state officials say.
The four citations involve six violations and carry a $3,000 fine, said Dean Fryer, spokesman for the California Labor Commission.
Suleman has an exclusive contract with the Web site that permitted videotaping of the children but she says that contract expires this week. She recently signed a deal with a Netherlands based film company to make a documentary about her life and the lives of her 14 children.
Suleman, an unemployed, divorced mother, gave birth to the octuplets nine weeks premature on Jan. 26. She already had six children, ages 2 to 7. The births set off media frenzy, with public adoration soon turning to scorn with revelations that Suleman was not working and had conceived all her children through in vitro fertilization.
The octuplets - who at birth weighed from 1 pound, 8 ounces to 3 pounds, 4 ounces - spent their first weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center.
Radar Online has posted more than 100 items about the octuplets mother to their site, many of which include video. The footage ranges widely, from her squabbles with her mother, to a trip to Disneyland with her daughter in tow, to her vow of celibacy and other details of her personal life.