Labor Dept: Gosselin Kids Aren't Being "Unlawfully Exploited"

Entertainment Jul. 21, 2010 AT 11:46AM
Labor Dept: Gosselin Kids Aren't Being "Unlawfully Exploited" Credit: Swarbrick/Watts/INFphoto.com

The show will go on for Kate Gosselin's 6-year-old sextuplets.

Despite recent complaints from State Rep. Thomas Murt, the reality kids' work permits to appear on TLC's Kate Plus 8 are legal and valid -- so says Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry.

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A Tuesday statement insists that that Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah Gosselin are not being "unlawfully exploited" as they film with their mom Kate, 35, and older twin sisters Cara and Mady, 9, in their Wernersville, Penn. home.

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Last week, Murt had argued that state law allows kids under the age of 7 to work in movies -- but not on TV. (Kate and ex Jon's youngest turned six in May.) But labor officials say that the sextet are protected from working too many hours, and are ensured earnings from the show, through their work permits.

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According to the Associated Press, Murt still maintains that the permits are illegal, and that the case should be taken to Pennsylvania's attorney general.

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