Carl Karcher Enterprises

Luis Bautista et al v. Carl Karcher Enterprises LLC et al

Fast Food Workers Allege the Market Is Rigged: “No Hire” Agreements Undermine Wages and Working Conditions at Carl’s Jr., a CKE Franchise

Los Angeles, February 8, 2017: Today, current and former employees of Carl's Jr. restaurants filed a lawsuit in California State Court alleging that Carl's Jr. and its parent company CKE have engaged in a conspiracy to suppress the wages and working conditions of the restaurant-based managers who run hundreds of Carl's Jr. restaurants across the state. Plaintiffs allege that defendants illegally colluded to restrain trade by agreeing not to hire certain employees from one another. This “no hire” agreement prevents employees from seeking higher wages and better working conditions at competing Carl’s Jr. restaurants, and allows defendants to pay less and treat employees worse without worrying that employees will leave. Plaintiffs request damages to compensate for wage suppression and ask the courtto enjoin this illegal restraint on trade. Click Here to Read More

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-Bloomberg Law: Carl's Jr. Shift Leaders Say CKE Restaurants Suppress Wage
-New York Times: Corporate America Is Suppressing Wages for Many Workers
-Consumerist: Lawsuit: Carl's Jr. Blocked Managers From Accepting Jobs With Other Franchisees
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