Carl’s Jr. fined $1.45M in wages, fees

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Los An­ge­les this week or­dered Carl’s Jr., the fast-food chain that also op­er­ates as Hardee’s, to pay $1.45 mil­lion in back wages, fines and penal­ties for what city of­fi­cials said was pay­ing its work­ers less than the min­i­mum wage.

The city says Carl’s Jr. failed to pay 37 em­ploy­ees at seven Los An­ge­les restau­rants the city’s min­i­mum wage of $10.50 an hour, ac­count­ing for $5,400 in un­paid wages be­tween July and De­cem­ber of last year. Dur­ing that time, the fast-food chain was led by An­drew Puzder, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s orig­i­nal nom­i­nee for La­bor Sec­re­tary. Puzder with­drew his nom­i­na­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

“L.A. law is clear: Em­ploy­ees must be paid at least the min­i­mum wage,” City At­tor­ney Mike Feuer said in a state­ment. “Any­thing less is a slap in the face to work­ers strug­gling to make ends meet. This is a ma­jor cor­po­ra­tion that should know the rules.”

For its part, CKE Restau­rants, the par­ent com­pany of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, says it made “an in­ad­ver­tent pay­roll er­ror” and called the penalty ex­ces­sive.

“This de­mand is, on its face, sim­ply un­rea­son­able,” a com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive said in an email.

In all, Los An­ge­les is or­der­ing the com­pany to pay about $900,000 to the em­ploy­ees within the next month. The com­pany is also be­ing fined $541,000 in penal­ties.

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