Franchisees of Domino's Pizza in New York have recently agreed to settle allegations from the office of the state Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman. The claims stem from a wage-theft investigation by the office.
Between 2007 and 2013, six franchisees of the mega pizza brand are said to have violated a slew of New York labor law, including paying below minimum wage, not compensating overtime hours, and failing to reimburse driving expenses to deliverers. The recently decided settlement amounts to $448,000.
The award will be divided up between 750 current and former workers. Each person will receive between $200 and $2,000. The six franchisees own restaurants that span eight New York counties. They were not run by Domino's corporate, therefore, the parent company has made no comment on the suit.
Additionally, the state Attorney General found McDonald's liable for similar charges as the Domino's franchisees. McDonald's paid nearly $500,000 to workers as well.
Unfortunately, wage-theft is not an uncommon phenomenon in industries such as the food services industry. If you feel like you have been subjected to such unlawful employment practices, contact an Aegis attorney.