Domino’s Corporate, the popular pizza-restaurant chain with franchises in California and across the nation, now finds itself the sole remaining defendant in a lawsuit in another state. The worker’s rights lawsuit involving wage disputes originally named three former franchise owners in addition to the company itself, but all three have since settled. The former Domino’s franchisees have agreed to pay a combined restitution settlement of $480,000.
The suit alleged that two franchisees – who owned eight stores between them – refused to pay legal minimum wages. Additionally, they failed to pay overtime and did not reimburse employees for delivery expenses. The settlement agreement has one owner paying $150,000 in restitution, the second $240,000.
A third franchise owner of two stores will pay restitution of $90,000 in the settlement. An ongoing investigation into the situation has apparently revealed over the last three years that the Domino’s Pizza company shows a consistent violation of employee rights across its franchises, at least in the state of New York, where the investigation took place. This lawsuit looks like it may end up being only one of a number of similar cases unless the pizza chain ceases its alleged disregard of fair workers’ wage and overtime rights.
With the three franchise owners’ settlements, Domino’s Corporate remains as the sole defendant in the lawsuit. The complaint alleged that the Domino’s Pizza company had full knowledge of its franchise owners practice of underpaying employees but chose to turn a blind eye. The attorney involved in the suit hopes to put an end to this. With the help of a knowledgeable employment law attorney, any employees who are similarly involved in wage disputes with their California employers likewise have options available to legally pursue justice and long-overdue back pay.
Source: lohud.com, “Westchester Domino’s owners settle wage lawsuit“, Christopher J. Eberhart, March 9, 2017