(A) The director of commerce shall designate enforcement officials to enforce this chapter.
(B) An enforcement official, upon discovery of a violation of this chapter and after notice to the employer, shall make a complaint against the offending employer in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(C) Enforcement officials shall make complaint by filing a complaint before a court having competent jurisdiction against any person violating any law relating to the employment of minors. This section shall not be construed to limit the right of other persons to make those complaints.
(D) County courts, municipal courts, and juvenile courts have jurisdiction to try offenses under this chapter. Juvenile courts have exclusive original jurisdiction to try offenses under section 3321.38 of the Revised Code.
(E) No person or enforcement official instituting proceedings under this section shall be required to file or give security for the costs. If a defendant is acquitted, the judge before whom the case is brought shall certify the costs to the county auditor. The county auditor shall examine the amount and, if necessary, correct it. The county auditor shall issue a warrant on the county treasurer in favor of the persons to whom the costs are due.
Effective Date: 09-04-2000 .