Source: CBS Los Angeles (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
Police said 10 protestors were arrested Thursday during a march downtown Los Angeles, California, for higher wages. About 300 employees and supporters in Los Angeles, as well as in more than 150 other cities, were taking part in sit-ins at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger Kings and other chain locations as a more “militant” phase of the “Fight for $15″ movement.
“Fight for $15″ pushes for a $15 hourly wage for fast-food workers and the ability to unionize. California raised its minimum wage from $8 an hour to $9 in July, which will increase to $10 in 2016. The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour.
- Written by The Saqui Law Group
The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has previously ruled that McDonald's, USA, LLC can be liable as a joint employer with its franchise operators for labor law and wage and hour violations. (Previously reported by The Saqui Law Group here.)
In Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, the California Supreme Court has now rejected the idea that franchisors are the “employers” of workers who are actually hired, fired and managed by independent store owners. In Patterson, a male supervisor employed by a franchisee allegedly subjected a female subordinate to sexual harassment while they worked together at the franchisee’s pizza store. The victim sued the franchisor, Domino’s Pizza (Domino’s), along with the harasser and the franchisee.