CKE Restaurants Hit With Antitrust Class Action

By Braden Campbell (February 8, 2017, 4:26 PM EST) -- Managers at CKE Restaurants Group, the fast food chain headed by Trump labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder, filed an antitrust class action in California state court Wednesday alleging the company and flagship burger brand Carl's Jr. illegally suppress wages by preventing franchisees from hiring each other's workers.

Though they don't name him as a defendant, the workers slammed Puzder for publicly touting the value of a free market where businesses compete for labor while at the same time leading a company that artificially — and illegally — stifles that competition among its franchisees.

"As Puzder has himself explained, 'if employers are...

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