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Man Profiled For His Life On Minimum Wage Loses Job

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Keith Fons was profiled by The Oregonian because he’s working to raise his three children, all of whom are under the age of 6, on $11.50 an hour. The newspaper chronicled how he worked 60 to 80 hours a week as a manager at Subway in Portland, Oregon, to make ends meet. His wide has multiple sclerosis.

“My kids can't go without,” Fons said at the time. "If I don't go to work, where's the money coming from?”

The story promoted many to reach out and offer him money and Christmas presents for his children. However, he was promptly fired from his second job working at a 24-hour Subway, costing his family $1,400 to $2,000 a month The Oregonian reported in a follow up story.

“People say, 'Do what you love.'" Fons said. “I loved working for Subway and customer service.”

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Larry Dennis, the owner of both Subway stores Fons worked at, approached him on Nov. 12 and offered him $1,500 and a "confidential release agreement,” which said he couldn’t sue for back wages or discuss the deal. He was then fired from his graveyard shift.

Fons doesn’t believe he was getting overtime because he was working at separate stores, but he was also told it was a “legal gray area.” 

Fons is already looking for a second job. "I'm done with this chapter," he said. "Not by choice, but I'm done with it.”  Still, his loyalty to his work is unwavering. After being interviewed, he confronted a customer trying to steal from a tip jar. The man punched Fons, breaking his nose. 

"The things I'll do for my job," Fons said.

Sources: The Oregonian (2) Image via Andy Melton/Flickr