Burger King's biggest franchisee is cutting wages as fast-food workers demand hazard pay during the coronavirus pandemic
ˇ Burger King's biggest franchisee, Carrols Restaurant Group, is cutting employees' pay by 10% amid the coronavirus outbreak. The cut affects everyone from executives to workers at its 1,000-plus fast-food locations.
ˇ Some fast-food workers have said they deserve hazard pay as stores remain open during the coronavirus outbreak and companies such as Target, Costco, and Amazon give workers raises.
ˇ "I'd rather that we just closed for a little while until things get figured out," an employee at a Carrols-owned Burger King told Business Insider. "Never have I felt a company has committed more injustice than today."
ˇ A Carrols representative confirmed that the 10% pay cut applied to everyone at the company, from in-store workers and cashiers to executives.
ˇ On Tuesday, after the publication of this article, Carrols chairman Dan Accordino announced the company was reversing its decision and that pay cuts would not apply to employees in restaurants.
Kate Taylor, Business Insider
Mar 24, 2020
Burger King's biggest franchisee, Carrols Restaurant Group, is cutting workers' wages by 10% amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Carrols, which operates about 1,034 Burger King and 65 Popeyes locations, emailed employees on Monday to inform them of the pay cuts.
"One of the initiatives that we will be implementing is a temporary 10% pay reduction effective Monday March 30, 2020 from your gross pay," Jerry DiGenova, Carrols' vice president of human resources, wrote.
"This is subject to applicable state minimum wage laws," the email added. "This was a difficult decision to come to, but while this will impact each of us as individual employees of Carrols, it will help us collectively as the Carrols team during this time."
A Carrols representative confirmed that the 10% pay cut applied to everyone at the company, from in-store workers and cashiers to executives. A Burger King representative did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
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