Quantcast

Legal Newsline

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Washington state reaches agreement with 7 fast food chains to end 'no-poaching' provisions

State AG

By Marian Johns | Jul 26, 2018


SEATTLE — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has reached legally binding agreements among fast food chains to remove what are known as "no poach provisions" from their franchise agreements resulting in the companies' ending the restrictions that kept workers from moving among the chains. 

According to the Attorney General's Office, the fast food chain's no-poach restrictions were stopping workers from moving to potentially better positions and from receiving better wages, which economists believe leads to wage stagnation and violates the state's Consumer Protection Act antitrust provisions. 

“Companies must compete for workers just like they compete for customers,” Ferguson said in a news release. “They cannot manipulate the market to keep wages low. My goal is to un-rig a system that suppresses wages in the fast food industry."


The seven fast food chains that agreed to end the practice are Arby's, Auntie Anne's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carl's Jr., Cinnabon, Jimmy John's and McDonalds. 

Any violations of the agreement terms will result in civil penalties, Ferguson's office said. 

Want to get notified whenever we write about Washington State Attorney General ?

Sign-up Next time we write about Washington State Attorney General, we'll email you a link to the story. You may edit your settings or unsubscribe at any time.

Organizations in this Story

Washington State Attorney General

More News