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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Taco Bell Employee Force To Work For Tacos

Taco Bell loves it when you eat round the clock. But they don't seem to want to pay their workers for every one of the hours they spend feeding you.
A former shift manager at Taco Bell is bringing a class-action suit against the restaurant chain, claiming that employees are regularly forced to work overtime hours without pay, according to a report at Law360.
Plaintiff Alicia Sloan, who was a shift manager at Taco Bell for eight years, says that Taco Bell managers in Florida often shave hours from employees' time cards, meaning workers don't get paid for all of the hours they work. Sloan also says the managers themselves are sometimes forced to take on unpaid hours, according to Law360.
Taco Bell's not unique in allegedly not paying workers for overtime. In recent years,more companies have faced lawsuits from workers claiming they haven't gotten their fair share of overtime pay. These kinds of suits have continued to climb even in the wake of the Great Recession -- an economic crisis that allowed many employers to demand higher performance from their desperate workers, while not paying them much more than before.
Nor is this the first time Taco Bell has faced these kinds of accusations. In fact, the scenario sounds like an old controversy that's been reheated.

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