Boston Market Shut -Down – Boston Market has ceased the rotation of its rotisserie chicken in all of its locations, with the exception of a limited number of sites in the state of New Jersey, after being challenged this week with complaints of abuses of the rights of workers at its quick-service restaurant chain. A complaint was filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development by a worker at the Boston Market store in Hamilton, New Jersey. As a result of this complaint, stop-work orders were issued at 27 of the 30 locations in New Jersey. In a release that was issued on August 14, the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL) stated that it had determined 27 stop-work orders to be given to Boston Market restaurant sites across the state of New Jersey after it claimed to have identified various violations of workers’ rights.
After struggling to turn back its fortunes in the aftermath of the covid, the last thing the company needs is a worker strike to hit. In addition to that, the estate is getting smaller. During the height of its success, Boston Market boasted around 1,200 locations across the United States. Nevertheless, that number is currently below 300, and the most of its sites are concentrated in the Northeastern United States and Florida, in addition to a few places further west. As a result of the widespread availability of rotisserie chicken in supermarkets, the restaurant industry has experienced a decline in both its level of popularity and its market share. In the past, the company was well-known for the rotisserie chicken that it sold.
Although Boston Market has made steps to adapt by expanding the sorts of meat it sells to include turkey, meatloaf, and ham, the majority of consumers continue to predominantly identify the Boston Market name with chicken. This is despite the fact that Boston Market has made efforts to adapt by expanding the types of meat it sells. one of which was more than $600,000 in back wages owing to a total of 314 employees. The release also stated that the NJDOL had determined that the back wages were owed to a total of 314 employees.