By Sophie Peel – Willamette Week, October 10, 2021
The fired employees will get their jobs back and receive back pay for the three months they were unemployed at the Old Town doughnut shop.
Seven Voodoo Doughnut employees who were fired after walking off the job during the record-breaking June heat wave were wrongly terminated, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Oct. 6.
The board ordered that Voodoo rehire the employees and offer back pay for the more than three months they weren’t employed at the Old Town doughnut shop.
Voodoo Doughnut’s corporate office did not respond to a request for comment.
A majority of the Old Town location’s employees walked out of the shop during the 116-degree heat wave that blanketed Portland in late June. Employees at the time told WW that temperatures inside the shop swelled to even higher than the outside temperature, and that the presence of deep fryers exacerbated the stifling heat.
“Attempts to provide relief, such as Gatorade and wet towels, are insufficient and the current air-conditioning system is not up to the task of dealing with this heat wave,” a Doughnut Workers United representative said at the time. “No person should work in temperatures in excess of 90 degrees. Other establishments have taken the reasonable step of closing during this time while Voodoo Doughnut, with its large southwest-facing windows and deep fryers, has not.”
After walking out, seven employees were fired on the allegation of workplace abandonment.
The National Labor Relations Board also deemed that the company partook in inappropriate conduct by surveying its employees’ support for a union drive.
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