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Subway can’t make workers suffer for ‘art’

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A Tampa-area Subway franchisee will pay $7,536 in back wages plus $3,768 in liquidated damages following a ruling by a federal judge that workers should have been paid for the time they spent taking a required “Sandwich Artist Certification” course.

Some of the would-be culinary artists complained to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Investigators concluded the employees were entitled to be paid for the “art” classes. Because they were not, their pay fell below minimum wage.

The back wages award will be split by 122 workers, with each receiving about $62.

Note: Employees must be paid anytime the employer requires them to be present.

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