- The Washington Times - Friday, July 24, 2015

The chief executive of Dunkin’ Donuts said a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers is “absolutely outrageous.”

“A debate needs to take place about how to tackle income inequality, but this is absolutely outrageous,” CEO Nigel Travis said on CNN.

Mr. Travis said New York’s recommendation that fast-food workers make $15 per hour will do more harm than good. He said the wage increase probably wouldn’t force Dunkin’ to lay off workers, but it could prevent the company from hiring new people.

“It’s going to affect small businesses and franchises,” he said, adding, “I don’t want to sound threatening about that.”

Instead, the CEO said fast-food workers should make something along the lines of $12, up from the state’s current minimum wage of $8.75 per hour.

New York’s wage increase still needs approval from the state labor commissioner, CNN reported.

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