Filipino workers reach settlement with Tim Hortons
'Even though we are foreign workers we still have rights and we deserve to be treated fairly'
Filipino workers who were employed at a Tim Hortons in Fernie, B.C., have settled their human rights complaint for an undisclosed amount.
In 2013, several temporary foreign workers at the restaurant alleged the couple who ran the franchise mistreated them. It was alleged one of the owners took the workers' overtime money and threatened to have them sent home if they complained.
Tim Hortons conducted an investigation and, afterwards, took away two franchises from the couple — one in Fernie and one in Southwest Alberta.
Now, the workers have settled a complaint before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.
Former employee Richard Pepito said he can't comment directly on the confidential settlement — but he's happy with it.
"I think justice has been served and we raised our voice — all the Filipinos and for the benefit of Filipino workers — to make sure it doesn't happen again and maybe set an example," he said.
"Even though we are foreign workers we still have rights and we deserve to be treated fairly."
Pepito has since has moved his family to Saskatchewan where he works at a prison and now has permanent resident status.
The couple who owned the Tim Hortons, Pierre and Kristin Pelletier, did not comment on the settlement.
With files from Bob Keating