Movie Theater Chain Screws Employees

The war on working people continues.

Fox News reports that the Regal Entertainment Group, which operates more than 500 movie theaters across the country, is cutting work hours for many of its full-time hourly workers to just thirty hours a week so the company can avoid either offering those employees health insurance or paying a federal penalty for failing to do so – one of the requirements of the health care reform law.

Just so you know, Regal is a three billion dollar company:  that’s three billion dollars.Even full-time theater managers have been affected by this new, backwards company policy.  Many have responded by quitting their jobs.

As evil as this makes the folks at Regal, they’re not alone in such shameful behavior.  Last fall The Curmudgeon wrote about similar tactics employed by Darden Restaurants, the people who own Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants.  As if to prove there is indeed a god, Darden’s business has fallen upon hard times since it went public with its plan to abuse its employees in this manner.  Olive Garden in particular is struggling, and nost just because of, you know, the food they serve there.

Regal Theaters:  before you take your next trip to the movies, think about whether this is the kind of company you want to patronize.

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