Another company that sucks: Jimmy John’s.

Man, it’s going to pain me to give up Jimmy John’s, but it’s the thing to do.

A CEO who has publicly railed against the cost of providing health insurance to his employees has donated tens of thousands of dollars to a private health care clinic in his Florida community.

In an interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto last month (see above), Jimmy John Liautaud detailed his plans to reduce workers’ hours in order to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide health coverage or pay a penalty.

Liautaud, who owns the Jimmy John’s national sandwich chain, is listed as a “Super Founder” for the medical center at Key Largo’s ritzy Ocean Reef Club. The club’s website describes it as one of America’s most exclusive club communities. Amenities include 54 holes of golf, a 175-slip marina, a private airport and its own school, which members’ children can attend seasonally. In 2011, Liautaud paid $4 million for a home at the Ocean Reef Club, according to a local business journal.

But the people who made him all that money?  They’re going to have to gut it out when they get sick.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Daniel Mоran

    I prefer Subway anyway.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Because employees are bad and they must be punished.

  • Baal

    At some level you start to wonder what’s the point of being alive and in the U.S. if the country as a whole is hell bent against decent incomes and health care to huge numbers of Americans. It’s an on-going travesty that we’re the country with the highest wealth per capital and can’t figure out how to reasonably get health care to folks who work at a sub shop. Do we value our fellow Americans so little that it makes sense to deny them healthcare?

  • Loqi

    Damn, you finally named a place I actually go to (albeit only once or twice a year).

  • Gordon

    The simple solution to this kind of nonsense is to require healthcare for all employees, part time or not.

    • Stogoe

      That’s what I’m seeing, too. Raise the minimum wage* to $15, tie it to inflation, mandate health care coverage for all employees, and allow people 55-64 the opportunitiy to pay premiums to get health care through Medicare so they can retire already and open up decent jobs for the younger generations.

      * For all job types, including wait staff and other tip-subsidized jobs. And really, it should be raised to $22 to begin to chip away at the last 40 years of giving steadily increased productivity for no increased pay.

    • sqlrob

      No, the fix is to not tie healthcare to employment at all.

  • Bruce

    So, will this mean that food made at Jimmy Johns is more likely to be made by workers who have to work even with communicable illnesses? It doesn’t sound to me like a sacrifice to give up eating contaminated food.

    • tubi

      Yes, that’s exactly what it means. At least in this example from a local franchise group here in Minneapolis.

  • AmyC

    Apparently he’s also a big game hunter. There are photos of him proudly standing over his kills.

  • Rory

    For readers in the southeast PA/Delaware area it’s probably worth point out that (as far as I know) there’s no connection between Jimmy Johns the sandwich chain and the Jimmy Johns hot dog place on Route 202. The latter is awesome and I would hate to see them tarred with the same brush as the other one.

  • Glow

    Wow, the stupid in this article and comments section is off the charts

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      Another person doing a drive-by without substance?

      Did we get added to a content- and context-free objection mailing list or something?

  • SoRefined

    I know this is old, but since you’re moving to Lawrence, you’ll have access to Yello Sub. That’s really all you need.