Yoga mat sandwich hawker Subway committed more than 17,000 wage and labor violations between 2000 and 2013, making it the worst infractor in the fast food realm, reports CNN Money.
Said violations, which were committed by individual franchises and discovered by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division over the course of over 1,100 investigations, "resulted in franchisees having to reimburse Subway workers more than $3.8 million over the years." Specific violations include not paying employees for time worked past their scheduled shifts, making "illegal deductions from employees' wages when there were cash register shortages, causing their pay to fall below the federal minimum wage," and "asking workers to sign contracts waiving time-and-a-half pay."
Second and third on the list of worst wage violators, respectively, are McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts, though, as CNN Money points out, "Subway has more than 26,000 locations throughout the country — the most of any fast food chain — so it might not be surprising that it also tops the list of offenders."
This isn't the first time Subway has been found utilizing some questionable — or in the current case, downright illegal — practices: A Subway franchise in Michigan made headlines last year when it reduced employees' hours in order to avoid the higher healthcare costs associated with Obamacare.
· Subway Leads Fast Food Industry in Labor Violations [CNN Money]
· All Subway Coverage on Eater [-E-]