Judge says Gates BBQ retaliated against workers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — An administrative law judge has ruled that Gates & Sons Barbeque unfairly discriminated against employees who were involved in a one-day strike over fast-food workers’ wages.

The case was one of several dozen allegations of unlawful discrimination filed against Kansas City-area restaurant operators after the protest last summer seeking higher wages.

The workers complained that after the protest, Gates discontinued its long-standing tradition of offering free lunches to employees.

Judge Paul Bogas ruled Tuesday that was unlawful discrimination and ordered the restaurant to reinstate the free lunches.

An attorney for Gates, Willis L. Toney, said the restaurant would not comment on the decision.

The Star reports many other retaliation allegations arising from the strike were settled after intervention by worker advocacy organizations.

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