MADISON, Wis. -

The state of Wisconsin has reached a $15,000 settlement resolving claims made against a company that illegally fired employees, according to a Department of Justice release.

The Department of Workforce Development determined that Satton Marketing, LLC violated a state law that governs the recruitment and employment of itinerant magazine sales crews, according to the release. The law, called Malinda’s Law, is rooted in the 1999 crash of a 15-passenger van transporting such a crew near Janesville.

DWD determined that Satton employed a crew of 12 college-aged students, transporting them in a vehicle without proof of insurance, violating local sales-permit requirements, and without registering under the state statute, according to the release. When workers became aware of the legal issues, they protested and Satton fired them in violation of the law.

“Every business operating in Wisconsin is required to abide by Wisconsin laws,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. “This enforcement action should serve as a warning to other similar enterprises looking to sell to Wisconsin consumers and employ Wisconsin’s young people that they, too, will be held accountable if they fail to operate lawfully.”

Malinda’s Law was passed in 2009 to regulate traveling sales crews following the death of Malinda Turvey, an 18-year-old Verona resident, who was one of seven teenagers killed in a 1999 van crash while traveling as part of a traveling sales crew, according to the release. The law requires traveling sales crews or two or more individuals to register with DWD’s Equal Rights Division and follow state law regarding worker protections and safety.