You know what hard-working minimum wage employees need? No, it’s not unions to protect them from shady business practices and protect their rights–that’d be silly. They need to be paid less money–and a Subway franchise in Washington D.C. is leading the charge.
Erwin Moya, an employee of the Subway franchise, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday alleging that his employer systematically shortchanged him for two years ending in June. Moya’s employer created fictional employees in order to keep Moya below 40 hours a week officially while still working him 70 hours on average.
“To hide Plaintiff’s very high number of hours worked per week, Defendant regularly paid Plaintiff about half of his wages under his name and about half under a fictional employee name, typically, Ever Ventura,” the complaint states.
“Sometimes during Plaintiff’s employ, Defendant took it one step further to attempt to hide [minimum wage and overtime] violations by paying Plaintiff under the payroll of another Subway owned by Defendant or its agents or owners,” the complaint continues.
On top of that, Moya was paid $7.25 per hour–less than the minimum wage that was in effect in D.C. while he was employed. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also shorted 45 hours’ worth of pay shortly before his employment ended.
The lawsuit can be found here.