US: Jimmy John’s to appeal no-poach ruling

Gourmet sandwich franchise Jimmy John’s claims an antitrust lawsuit over “no poach” agreements involving its franchises presents unsettled legal questions that justify an early appeal of a ruling greenlighting the case, reported Bloomberg.

The proposed class action by two former employees claims the agreements, which bar Jimmy John’s and its franchises from soliciting one another’s workers, reduce employee mobility and depress wages.

Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel of the Southern District of Illinois let the case move forward last month.

Jimmy John’s is facing a class action lawsuit over the employee nonsolicitation and no-hire agreements between and among Jimmy John’s restaurant franchisees that the franchisor is purportedly requiring. The sandwich store chain has more than 2,700 locations in more than 40 states plus the District of Columbia, which means the class of affected workers is likely in the thousands.
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