Four Domino's Pizza franchisees will pay nearly $1 million in restitution to workers in 29 stores to settle a lawsuit in New York over allegations the owners violated several labor laws, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Tuesday.
The franchisees admitted in the settlement that they violated minimum wage, overtime and other labor law protections, and will pay $970,000 to workers in its stores. The settlement is similar to others last year with owners of 26 other restaurants statewide, Schneiderman said.
Schneiderman said franchisors should “step up to the plate to fix the problem.
“In the past two years, the owners of over 50 New York Domino’s franchise locations have admitted to violations of some of the most basic labor law protections – an appalling record of ongoing disregard for workers’ rights,” Schneiderman said. “Franchisors routinely visit franchise stores to monitor operations – down to the number of pepperonis on each pizza – to protect their brand, and yet they turn a blind eye to illegal working conditions. My message for Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle is this: To protect the Domino’s brand, protect the basic rights of the people who wear the Domino’s uniform, who make and deliver your pizzas.”