The Massachusetts state attorney general’s office is fining attorney Richard L. Taylor, a Popeyes restaurant franchise owner in Boston, for failure to pay immigrant workers at the Boston-area Kenmore Square Popeyes restaurant.
This does not look good for Taylor, a Harvard-educated businessman, Rhodes Scholar, and longtime area civil rights leader, who is a principal at Taylor-Smith Realty, Inc. of Boston and the first African-American to become Massachusetts state transportation secretary.
Taylor, along with his restaurant manager Reba Danastorg, have been fined $5,000 and ordered to pay $9,748 in back wages between August 2009 and January 2010 to five Popeyes Hispanic cashiers and cooks. Five to six African-American workers have also filed complaints.
Taylor’s side has appealed and while Taylor and Danastorg admit that the workers are owed for their work, the amount owed is not agreed upon. In the spring of 2010, offers where eventually made to pay the workers a portion of what they are owed, but the workers are holding out for the full amount.
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen said in a statement that it ended its franchise with Taylor and had no other comment.