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Mini-Rumination: Businesses Screwing Low-Wage Employees

The folks at Darden Restaurants, those exemplars of bad taste who’ve inflicted Olive Garden and Red Lobster on us, have announced that they’ll be reducing even more of their workers to part-time status so they can avoid fines associated with the health care reform law’s requirement that we all have health insurance.

According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, about seventy-five percent of Darden’s 180,000 employees are already part-timers.  Just so you know, the primary reason companies keep significant numbers of workers at part-time status is so they can avoid paying for any kind of benefits for them.  Health insurance?  No way.  Sick days?  Uh uh.  Paid vacation?  What do you think we’re running here, some kind of a country club?

In addition to bringing us rubbery shrimp and overcooked pasta, the folks at Darden are now showing us that they are applying for early admission into the Snidely Whiplash wing of American companies.  You can practically picture the company’s leaders sitting around their board room, twirling their mustaches and rubbing their hands together in delight over their latest brilliant business move and giving one another an extra pat on the back for their ‘look what we did” public announcement that could only have been made to please Wall Street and drive up the value of the company stock they’ve awarded themselves.

You might want to think about this the next time you want a casual restaurant dinner.