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April 2019's Converge Newsletter
Fast Food Workers Can Be Fired For No Reason. A New Bill Could Change That.
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April 25, 2019 via Eater

Francis Gomez vividly remembers the day she was fired from her cashier job at a Taco Bell in Queens, New York. Just before last Christmas, she showed up for her shift when a manager told her, "Don’t clock in; you’re terminated." The firing stunned Gomez, 27, who had worked on and off for the fast food chain since 2014.

"I was completely surprised. I was accused of disrespecting a customer, but there was no customer complaint," she said. "When I asked for a letter, I was basically told, ‘You’re already terminated, so it doesn’t matter.’"

Taco Bell hasn’t responded to Civil Eats’ request for comment about its firing practices, but stories like Gomez’s are one of the reasons New York City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Adrienne Adams have introduced "just cause" legislation to give fast food workers more job protection. The bill prohibits fast food companies from firing workers or significantly reducing their hours without a stated reason and would give employees the chance to correct their behavior before termination. With this legislation, New York City could lead the nation in offering job security for fast food workers.'s ConvergeBlog
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A White Restaurateur Advertised ‘Clean’ Chinese Food. Chinese-Americans Had Something to Say About It.

April 12, 2019 via New York Times
The uproar over a Chinese-American restaurant that was opened in Manhattan by two white restaurateurs has become the latest front in the debate over cultural appropriation.
DOL Offers Up 4-Part Joint-Employment Test

April 2019 via Food News Feed

Under the Trump administration, the new rule would establish a four-part test to determine if two firms could both be liable for complying with labor laws, such as minimum wage and overtime rules, for an individual worker.
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2 Million Diners Hit By Malware Attack At Restaurants Across U.S.
April 1, 2019 via Restaurant Business Online

The company confirmed the breach more than a month after high-profile security researcher Brian Krebs contacted Buca di Beppo with information that customer data was being sold by cybercriminals on the dark web.

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