Five Dick’s Drive-In workers file health, safety complaints with state

Five employees at two Dick’s Drive-In locations have filed health and safety complaints with the Department of Labor and Industries (L & I).

Some of the complaints range from severe workplace issues such as lack of hot water, poor sanitation practices and a failure to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines.

A release from Working Washington said, “Dick’s Drive-In has a well-established reputation as a beloved community institution and a great place to work, but conditions in these stores right now simply don’t align with this history. Workers know the company can do better, but managers have consistently failed to address these issues.”

“Dick’s has routinely failed to follow Washington [s]tate emergency proclamations and rules related to COVID-19, which has made me feel unsafe at work and scared that my coworkers or I will contract the virus,” one employee wrote in a complaint, the News Tribune reported.

The News Tribune also reported about some of the alleged unsafe work conditions, which specifically included:

  • Pressuring employees to work while waiting on COVID-19 test results — “And on multiple occasions during the pandemic, managers have come into work even though they were visibly sick.”
  • Frequently ignoring social distancing requirements — “We are constantly working in close quarters and bumping into each other.”
  • No enforcement of face-covering requirements for customers or employees — “Although we can ask customers to leave, this usually only serves to make the customers combative and more likely to yell and stay at the window without their mask until they are served. Management and security do not do enough to assist us when we face customers like this.”

KIRO 7 reached out to Dick’s to ask about some of the complaints and have not heard back yet.