The firm that runs the Space Needle will pay a former worker $24,000 to settle a complaint that he was fired for engaging in union activities.

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The firm that manages the Space Needle agreed to pay former employee Fernando Jimenez $24,000 to settle a complaint alleging he was fired last March for taking part in union activities.

Jimenez worked for seven years as a servers’ assistant at the SkyCity Restaurant, the iconic revolving eatery. The National Labor Relations Board filed the charge last fall against the Space Needle LLC, manager of the privately owned Seattle landmark.

Space Needle LLC did not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement, which also calls for the firm to pay another worker, Cai Lin, $1,634 for back pay and benefits.

Earlier this month, a NLRB panel found in a separate case that the firm violated federal labor law by engaging in practices aimed at discouraging workers from participating in or supporting a union.