Subway owners face lawsuit

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.

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