Local fast-food establishments face wage theft allegations

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Seattle - Activists representing low-wage workers targeted another Seattle fast-food restaurant Tuesday, this time a Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Northgate. They allege the store has stolen wages from employees. Demonstrators arrived during the lunchtime rush with signs and a bullhorn.


Sage Wilson of the group Working Washington says wage theft at the store has come in the form of missed breaks and employees being forced to work later than they clock out. A former assistant manager, who asked that her name not be used, told KIRO 7 managers are sometimes effectively paid below minimum wage when they calculate the total hours they work because bonuses are so difficult to earn.


Calls to Jimmy John's representatives in Seattle and Illinois were not immediately returned.
Wilson said formal complaints alleging wage theft at that store have not yet been filed with Seattle police, but are in the works.
Last week, three Seattle fast-food workers from other restaurants filed wage theft complaints with police.