Taco Bell to pay $4 million to fast food workers
— Taco Bell, which is the largest fast food company in the United States, is paying $4.2 million to more than 3,000 workers in California, the company announced Tuesday.
The settlement with the workers includes more than $3.5 million in compensation, according to a Taco Bell statement.
The workers were among more than 1,200 workers who filed a class action lawsuit last month, alleging they were paid less than the minimum wage.
The U.S. Department of Labor said that Taco Bell was responsible for all of the workers’ wages and benefits.
Taco Bell had said it was reviewing the settlement.
Taco Biz, the parent company of Taco Bell and KFC, said in a statement that the settlement was “a fair and equitable settlement that will provide relief for the impacted workers and the communities in which they work.”
The workers are represented by the National Labor Relations Board.
The lawsuit also accused Taco Bell of “systematically violating” workers’ rights, including not paying overtime, denying overtime pay, and retaliating against employees.
In a statement, the union representing Taco Bell’s workers called the settlement “a step in the right direction” but said it did not address the broader issues of labor law violations.
The company said in its statement that it has “zero tolerance for retaliation against workers who raise their voice for the rights of their employees.”
The Taco Bell workers sued in January after they were fired from their jobs as fast food employees.
The Taco Workers Union said in February that Taco-Biz was the largest employer in the state.