Justice

The Simple Reason Jimmy John's $1 Sub Campaign Is Shady as Hell

April 22nd 2016

By:
Taylor Bell

Sandwich company Jimmy John's is accused of allegedly silencing its customers on "Customer Appreciation Day."

This week the restaurant offered $1 subs to its customers for the first time in the company's history. While some expressed their thanks at the gesture, others used the company's Facebook page to highlight the CEO's scandalous past, including his hunting of rare animals such as elephants, a leopard, and a rhinoceros.

 

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The company's Facebook page allegedly deleted comments of anyone who called out owner Jimmy John Liautaud for his participation as a big game hunter, according to Raw Story. In a 2015 Chicago Tribune interview, Liautaud confirmed that he hunts big game but that he hadn't done so in the last 10 years.

 

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But this is not the first time that the Jimmy John's owner has come under fire.

In 2014, Liautaud was implicated in forcing his workers to sign non-compete agreements, which would "prohibit employees from working at any other restaurants that sell sandwiches or has a location within three miles of a Jimmy John's for a period of two years," according to CNN. This type of agreement is typically the norm for high-paid executives who have access to a competitor's trade secrets, but it is seen as an excessive burden for low-wage workers.

Subsequently, a class action lawsuit was filed against Jimmy John's in 2014 but it was later thrown out. The judge ruled that the women who filed the suit did not have standing to challenge the non-compete agreement because it was never actually enforced.

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In October 2014, Democrats in the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Labor Department and Federal Trade Commission calling for an investigation of Jimmy John’s non-compete agreements to see if they were a detriment to workers, Fortune reports. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Huffington Post.

“There is no justifiable business interest in imposing such a restriction on restaurant employees that are not privy to any of the company’s proprietary information,” according to the letter. “Furthermore, we believe this practice can intimidate working individuals, many of whom are struggling to support themselves and their families while earning barely above the minimum wage.”

 

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Liautaud was also one of the CEOs who took issue with the Affordable Health Care Act, according to The Huffington Post. In an interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, Liautaud detailed his plans to limit workers’ hours to avoid following the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers must provide health coverage to full-time workers or pay a penalty.

ATTN: reached out to Jimmy John's but did not receive a response in time for publication.