Five Companies That Deserve Coal in Their Stockings for Their Treatment of Workers in 2014

By Sahid Fawaz

2014 had its share of highs and lows. But a few companies stood out for putting profits over people. Below are five of the most notorious from 2014. If you would like to nominate another company, please let us know in the comments!

1. Kmart

Claim to fame: Made the decision to open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, preventing many employees from spending the day with their families.

2. Walmart

Claim to fame: Paid workers so badly, with many relying on government assistance to get by, that protests and strikes blew up all over the country. 

3. Kellogg

Claim to fame: Locked out workers for over nine months. Finally reinstated workers after a federal judge ordered the company to.

4. Jimmy John’s

Claim to fame: As if it’s not tough enough to make a living as a worker in the fast food chain business, the company’s low-paid employees were forced to sign non-compete agreements that barred them from working for the competition. In addition, a lawsuit was filed against the company in 2014 for alleged wage theft.

5. McDonald’s (and most of the fast food industry)

Claim to fame: Became the subject of worldwide strikes and protests for refusing to pay workers a livable wage. Also was accused of wage theft, with one survey revealing that nine of out ten workers were the victims of wage theft.

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