Good Jobs Seattle, a workers rights group targeting the fast food industry in the city, says a lawsuit is being filed on behalf of fired Broadway Subway worker Carlos Hernandez.
CHS reported on the sandwich shop employee’s dismissal following his participation in a strike and rally to demand higher wages and better treatment.
Hernandez told CHS he would like his job back. “I want to go back there,” Hernandez said. “I want to show [other workers] that they will not be retaliated against.”
A search of federal suits in Western Washington’s U.S. District Court did not reveal that a suit has yet been filed. A media conference to announce the lawsuit was slated to be held Tuesday morning at Seattle’s federal court house downtown. God Jobs said City Council members Nick Licata and Richard Conlin would be attendance. The Kshama Sawant campaign, which has made a $15 minimum wage part of its platform, also announced its candidate would attend and said that Hernandez has endorsed the Sawant candidacy for the Council.
Hernandez told CHS that he was fired following the rally and strike for giving a child a free cookie at the Subway shop on Broadway near John. The franchise owner of the shop has not responded to our messages and Subway’s corporate offices referred us to regional offices that did not return our calls.
At the time of the Hernandez firing, Good Jobs said they were not aware of any other workers targeted for participating in the most recent labor protests to target Seattle’s fast food industry.
UPDATE: A protest outside the Broadway Subway shop drew around 30 supporters this afternoon and brought a small SPD response to make sure customers could continue to access the business. Protestors, carrying signs in support of Hernandez and a $15 minimum wage, vowed to return to the Subway tomorrow as well as other subways in the city.
Broadway Subway employee Caroline Durocher, 22, was among the protestors. Following the demonstration Durocher was cited for trespassing — during the picket she had entered the restaurant to tell a customer about the protest. CHS tried to talk to the Subway manager inside, but was told to stay out.
“I still work there, what if I have to pick-up a paycheck?” Durocher said.
Hernandez addressed the some 30 protestors, thanking them for supporting his fight to return to work at Subway.
“There are a lot of people working in fast food that are getting fired and don’t have this support,” he said. “You guys are showing people are not alone.'”