A tire shop in Michigan has been caught in a food fight with the owners of the same chain that has long been accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The Michigan State Fair has been running since 1934, but the fair’s reputation as a place for all-you-can-eat eats has become a hotbed of food fights.
In May, workers at a Taco Bell in Ann Arbor filed a lawsuit against the owner of a nearby taco stand, claiming the owner, Ricardo Ramos, made them take their lunch breaks from working there.
Ramos, who is also the owner and sole proprietor of Taco Bell, was accused of paying employees $1.50 to make their tacos and $3 to make them their taco shells.
Taco Bell filed an official response to the lawsuit and the workers, along with their attorney, argued that the restaurant’s business model was unsustainable, and they wanted to go their separate ways.
Ramos denied the allegations, and the worker plaintiffs sued the Fair and its director, Tom Gage, in September.
Gage denied the charges, saying that his employees were paid overtime and the owners had been providing them with free food for the past two decades.
But on Monday, the state’s attorney general’s office announced that it had filed a complaint against Ramos.
The Fair Labor Association has accused the owners and the restaurant of engaging in “unlawful employment practices” and of “unfair labor practices.”
Gage has defended his business model as “fair and reasonable” and the state has not sued him.
“I think it’s pretty clear, if they wanted the money, they would have paid their employees,” Gage told Breitbart News in an interview.
“But I think it would be pretty obvious they don’t.”
Gages response was in line with the Fair’s position in the case, as it has said that it will be reviewing the Fair Service Standards Act and the Fair Food Service Standards Standards Act.
“We are taking this case seriously and will vigorously defend it in court,” said Fair Service Director Tom Gages statement on Monday.
Gages office said it was also investigating whether the owners have engaged in wage theft, and whether they are violating the FLSA or other labor laws.
The restaurant’s owners have been working for a couple of years, but Ramos is still listed as the sole owner of Taco Ball.
Ramos said that the complaint has not been filed against him.
The owners of Taco Bar and Grill in Detroit filed a similar lawsuit against Gage last year, claiming that he retaliated against workers after they refused to work overtime.
They also claimed that Gage paid them $1 an hour for their work without providing them a reasonable amount of food.
Both lawsuits were dismissed.
GAGE’S RESPONSE Ramos said in an email to Breitbart News that he has a long history of working with employees to help them get paid their full hourly wage.
He said that workers often have to wait months or even years for paychecks, so the restaurant owners and Gage are committed to making sure that they get paid for their hard work.
“Our business model has been consistent for 20 years, and we have always been open to adjusting it as necessary to meet the changing labor needs of our customers,” Ramos said.
“It is my hope that the Fair will not be affected by this case and will continue to be a vibrant place for the many people who love food and want to eat great food.”
Ramos said he will work with the attorney general to determine if there are any other laws that could be affected.
He noted that Gages law office is not involved in the current legal battle and that he is not currently involved in it.
He did say that he would consider all options if he learns of any legal action that could affect his business, but that he believes he has complied with all applicable law.
Ramos added that the owners are not the only ones that have been accused by workers of wage theft.
“My employees, like other workers, are being exploited in a very unfair manner.
This has been a long-standing problem with the Taco Bell franchisees,” he said.