Florida Subway Franchisee Ordered To Pay Over $11,000 In Back Wages And Damages To Restaurant Workers For Failure To Pay For Mandatory Training Courses

Solis v. Franchise Equity Group, Inc.

Case No. 8:12-cv-00527-RAL-EAJ


A Subway eatery franchisee with 29 locations in the Tampa Bay area has been ordered to pay 122 employees a total of $7,536 in minimum back wages plus $3,768 in liquidated damages by Judge Richard Lazzara of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. The judgment resolves a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor against Franchise Equity Group Inc., doing business as MacSub, which followed an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage provisions.

Employees included in the judgment were not paid for work hours spent taking Subway “Sandwich Artist Certification” training courses, which resulted in the minimum wage violations.

If you are currently employed in a franchise restaurant and have attended your employer’s mandatory training sessions without being paid for your time you should consult a labor  attorney to evaluate your potential case.

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