Scott Statement on Reported Nomination of Fast Food CEO Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON – Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after it was reported that President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. 

“President-elect Trump’s nomination of Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary should signal concern for workers and employers who support fair pay, worker protections and equal opportunity on the job.  As the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Mr. Puzder has opposed raising the minimum wage or strengthening overtime protections. Mr. Puzder’s record indicates that he will not support proposals that strengthen worker health and safety protections. During his tenure as CEO, CKE has been sued numerous times for wage theft and other labor law violations. He has gone as far as to say that he prefers machines over working people because machines ‘are always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case.’ Should he be confirmed, I hope that Mr. Puzder will commit to ensuring that our nation’s working families come home safe at the end of the day, earn a decent wage, and can retire with dignity.”


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