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McDonald’s Appeals Class Certification of Franchisee Workers in Wage Suit

SAN FRANCISCO – After a federal court certified as a class 800 current and former employees of a McDonald's multi-unit franchisee to pursue claims that they were not paid fairly for wages, overtime and maintenance of uniforms, McDonald's Corporation, also named as a "joint employer" under the theory of direct and vicarious liability, has filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the case.

Panera Sues Ex-Technology VP, Papa John’s, for Conspiring on Its Trade Secrets

SAINT LOUIS, Missouri – On Monday Michael R. Nettles, Panera Bread's former vice president of architecture in its Information Technology department, accepted a position with Papa John's pizza chain.

Appeals Court Dismisses Franchisee Claims against Franchisor in Disclosing Confidential Settlement in FDD

AUSTIN, Texas - A U.S. appeals court issued a decision this month upholding the dismissal of claims brought by a franchisee who alleged she was entitled to liquidated damages in the amount of $20 million because the terms of her confidential settlement with franchisor Keller Williams Realty were published in the company's Franchise Disclosure Document.

EEOC Files Suit against McDonald’s Franchisees for Firing HIV Positive Worker

McDonald'sThe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is charging a McDonald's multi-unit franchisee in Arkansas with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing a worker who admitted to his general manager he had an "interest" in a co-worker, and told that co-worker he was HIV positive.

Top Executive at Chipotle Indicted in Cocaine Trafficking Ring

Photo: Chipotle in Centennial Colo. J Sparks

NEW YORK – Just when you thought things could not get any worse for Chipotle Mexican Grill, the troubled chain dealing with massive food safety issues and falling profits has now been served a new challenge. The company's chief creative and development officer Mark Crumpacker was charged this week with drug possession and having ties to a cocaine trafficking ring in New York.

Fast Food Workers, Civil Rights Activists Strengthen Wage Suit against Alabama

Ala. Gov. Bentley signs HB 174, Feb 25, 2016 (

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On Thursday fast food workers and civil rights groups amended their lawsuit against Alabama alleging the state blocked Birmingham's minimum wage increase. Not only does the complaint now include additional plaintiffs and defendants, it also asserts that when Governor Robert Bentley nullified the $10.10 per hour pay hike he violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Rhea Lana Allowed to Challenge DOL’s Action that Its ‘Volunteers’ Are Employees

WASHINGTON – After a three-year legal battle with the Department of Labor, Rhea Lana Inc., a consignment store franchise, has received a favorable ruling from an appeals court allowing the franchisor to challenge the DOL's finding that the company's "volunteers" are employees who must be paid for their work.

Hooters Sues Longstanding Franchisee for Abandoning Restaurants


ATLANTA – Hooters of America last week sued a 20-year veteran franchisee for abandoning two of its twelve restaurants on the east coast, one in such deplorable condition that customers sent Hooters corporate detailed complaints about the store's filth, stench and buckling floor slates.

Domino's Pizza: NY AG's Lawsuit Demeans Role of Small Business Owners

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed suit recently against franchisor Domino's Pizza [DMZ:NYSE] as a joint employer, saying, "We've found rampant wage violations at Domino's franchise stores.