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[b]Mexican workers say franchise owner charged double rent for double bunks[/b]

Four temporary foreign workers from Mexico who worked for Tim Hortons in northern B.C. have filed a human rights complaint alleging their boss exploited and discriminated against them by doubling their rent and the bunks in their rooms.

Eugene Kung, a lawyer with the B.C. Public Interest Advocacy Centre, says the four were working at two Tim Hortons locations in Dawson Creek.

Kung said the employees were required to share rooms in two five-bedroom homes owned by their boss, Tony Van Den Bosch.

"They had no privacy in the house. The owner would come in and out as he pleased and would enter people's rooms," Kung said.

In addition, Kung said, the workers were asked to pay rent once at the beginning of the month, and an additional $200 "tip" on top of their monthly rent in the middle of the month, for the double-bunked rooms.

Kung said the employer received about $4,000 a month in rent by doubling up the rooms and doubling the rents.

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