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Subway owners face lawsuit

Published: Tue, February 7, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

Staff report


The owners of five Subway restaurants are once again facing a federal civil lawsuit.

A suit by the U.S. Department of Labor alleges that Joseph and Tammy Hray of Warren-based Hray Enterprises violated labor laws.

The suit alleges that it did not pay the correct minimum wage — at the time, $7.25 per hour — to 68 workers.

The suit also alleges that the company did not pay overtime to 24 workers.

Twenty-one of those workers fell under both categories.

Hray Enterprises also allowed underage workers to operate bailers and trash compactors, in direct violation of federal law, the suit alleges.

The suit alleges the violations occurred between July 21, 2009, and July 2, 2011.

The suit seeks back wages and additional civil penalties because this instance was not the first time Hray Enterprises has been targeted for these violations.

In 2005, the company was fined $4,620 for violating child-labor laws and had to pay $1,463 in back wages to 10 employees.

The following Subway restaurants were named in the suit: 4602 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 2016 Millennium Blvd., Cortland; 3001 Elm Road, Warren; 231 Main St., Warren; and 7192 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield.

Hray Enterprises has annual gross sales of more than $500,000.

Joseph and Tammy Hray could not be reached to comment Monday.


1nuganuech(46 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

These are the scum the GOP wants to give a tax break.

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

No redeye,

They are business owners you stand up for who SCREW their employees. This is why unions started and are still needed today. To protect employees from scandles like this.

red, tell your "D"umbass business party not to give loans then. I would guess business loans have been used by businesses under Repubs and Dem's. but you are quick to blame aren't you.

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3TERRI_USA(30 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The owners earn $500,000 while cheating their employees. I am astounded that they did not hire illegial aliens as well and pay them $3 per hour.

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4olddude(201 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Gross sales Terri.. GROSS SALES.. After rent and labor and other overhead, lucky to make 60k between them..If they are like many small business owners and spend a awful lot of time with their business, they didnt make min. wage either..The left has made it very difficult on these type of Americans thru an increasing min. wage....Never seizes to amaze me how union thinkin left folks believe that owning a business is just the easy life with unlimited money to be made...the one percenters all of em....

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5AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago


Is subway union?

You might be one of those who want others to work 8 hours and take home $1.85. Nice.....

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6olddude(201 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

People like u are always talking about fairness...What would be a fair living then for a couple who owns multiple franchises like subway and grosses 500k per year... Now lets first consider franchise fees, workers comp.,unemployment ins, business ins, social security match for any full time folks and if none- then for themselves, rent, utilities and labor costs....
Above says 86 employees but probably not during same time period, nonetheless they employ quite a few people and they have to deal with someone havnig to be 18 to push a button on the trash compactor.. as well as the other 6000 rules that govt. at all levels have placed on their business...Tell me, how much should be left over is FAIR?

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