Subway is worst for underpaying employees
The sandwich chain had around 17,000 pay violations from 2000 to 2013, mostly for failing to cover overtime hours worked.
By William White
Subway is the worst fast-food company in terms of underpaying its employees.
According to CNN Money, individual Subway franchisees had around 17,000 Fair Labor Standards Act violations from 2000 to 2013.
These violations are part of 1,100 investigations into the fast-food chain. As a result of the investigations, Subway has had to give its employees more than $3.8 million in back pay.
"We have a variety of violations, predominantly in the area of failure to pay overtime for hours worked over 40 in a work week, and also not paying for all hours worked by employees," Neil Patrick, of the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, told WNPR News while talking about Subway.
McDonald's (MCD) and Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN) were next of the list on offenders for underpaying employees. According to CNN, both of these chains have argued that franchisees are responsible for pay violations and that a few cases shouldn't define the company.
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I worked in kitchens thru college at IHOP and we never got OT, never got breaks or lunch breaks. the restaurant would close and we'd get paid to that hour even though we had to clean up for typically 1.5 hours after closing. likewise if we opened, we'd have to show up early for prep work, but the clock started upon opening time.
and if we raised word about it, we'd be dropped from the schedule, never laid off, so we couldn't even get unemployment.
it's a low end job. such methods are what occurs to the low end jobs. I ended up with motivation to graduate college and find a decent job!
Unfortunately, with the economy the way it is, some people put up with this because they are afraid of being fired.
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