Farmworkers Sue Burger King, Subway

MIAMI (AP) — More than two dozen farmworkers are suing Burger King and Subway over wages they say the companies owe them under a deal with a farmworker advocacy group.

The workers want more than $15,000 in unspecified wages. Their attorney requested class action status for the complaint filed Wednesday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

The 2008 agreement between the companies and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers gave Florida tomato pickers a penny more per pound for the tomatoes they picked. The money from the fast-food chains was to be passed to the workers through their employers — the tomato growers.

The growers balked until last November, when they finally struck a deal with the coalition.

The workers want the back wages they couldn’t collect before. The coalition is not part of the lawsuit.

Source: Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press