Devin Jeran had it all! House, car, kids, hot wife, good paying job… well I don’t really know. He might have, but regardless he was stoked about the $15/hour minimum wage hike in his town of Settle. That is, until… he found out it cost him his job. WHAT?! How did we not see this coming?! oh wait we did…
The wage increased forced his boss to shut down the Z Pizza location he worked at. Effectively putting him and his 11 co-workers… out of work.
Owner Ritu Shah Burnham said she just can’t afford the city’s mandated wage hikes.
“I know that I would have stayed here if I had 7 years, just like everyone else, if I had an even playing field,” she said. “The discrimination I’m feeling right now against my small business makes me not want to stay and do anything in Seattle.”
The organization that pushed for the higher minimum wage, 15 Now Seattle, wouldn’t comment directly on the closing.