Coakley orders Domino's... to pay up

Nick Rees Apr. 23, 2010, 12:27pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's office has cited the former owner of Domino's Pizza franchises for wage and hour violations for the second time.

Brian Lebo and Mavnick Enterprises LLC, formerly doing business as Domino's Pizza in Lynn, Randolph and Saugus, Mass., were ordered to pay more than $32,000 in restitution and fines over allegations of failure to pay wages in a timely manner, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to furnish a suitable pay slip or record for inspection, and failure to keep true and accurate payroll records.

Lebo and his company were previously ordered to pay more than $6,500 in August for violating the Massachusetts wage and hour laws.

"All workers are entitled under the law to receive the minimum wage," Coakley said.

"It is troubling that this employer has violated the wage and hour laws for a second time. Our office is committed to holding responsible those employers who continue to disregard and violate the rights of their employees."

Multiple complaints have been received by Coakley's Fair Labor Division since Aug. 2009 from employees alleging that they were not paid the minimum wage while employed as pizza delivery drivers at Lebo's Domino's franchise in Lynn.

The company's payroll records were then reviewed by investigators who discovered that 30 employees at the Lynn location were paid less than the $8 per hour state minimum wage. Under the Massachusetts Tip Statute, tipped employees must be paid a minimum of $8 per hour including tips.

The records review also revealed unlawful deductions from the wages of employees. Additionally, the investigators discovered that Lebo and his company were in violation of the state's recordkeeping laws through their failure to maintain true and accurate payroll records and by failing to produce records for inspection.

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