Saturday, October 07, 2006

Wendy's obeys law, gets sued for it

Wendy's restaurants are in a pickle. They obeyed the immigration laws, and fired some of their immigrant employees whose status was not legal, and now those employees are suing them for it all.

[Former Cafe Express employee Daniel] Olivares said he was risking deportation to speak up for himself and his former co-workers. He said he has not looked for other work because he's afraid of being caught by the authorities.

"I'm not safe anymore," said Olivares, who has been in the country 14 years.

Well, boo hoo. Did we miss the ESL class where they taught the word "illegal" in the first place? What the hell makes you think that you should have the same rights as those of lawful residents, if you crashed the gate in the first place? Why should you go to the head of the line, why should you get paid extra, when there are others who came here honestly who have been shipped home because the paperwork was slow? (Scroll down to the link.)

Go back home, wait your damned turn, and come back the legal way -- the right way.

To be fair, Olivares had paid $25 per weekly paycheck to pay for legal fees, to further the process so that he might become a legal resident, and the legal firm which screwed up his paperwork owes him all that cash back, but now, let's talk about Wendy's degree of liability... If a company can get sued for actually obeying the law, then there's something seriously wrong, here.

I think Wendy's could use our support. I'm heading out to Galesburg to give them my "Huzzah!" and to get me a Frosty.


EclectEcon said...

The illegal immigrants should sue the law firm. And should their suit against Wendy's be successful, you can bet that Wendy's will in turn sue the law firm.

leucanthemum b said...


Still, I'd like to know if the people suing Wendy's initially came here illegally, or if their status was screwed up later by the law firm's inactions. It would make a lot of difference, to me, as to how much I'd pay them, were I on the jury: if they first arrived on legal premises, but simply lost their status, they deserve all they can get from the law firm. If they crossed borders illegally, they should only be reimbursed for services not rendered.

They should not profit from deliberate unlawful actions.