ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Four New York Domino’s Pizza franchisees will pay nearly $1 million in restitution to workers in 29 stores to settle a lawsuit over allegations the owners violated several labor laws, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said 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 reached last year with the owners of 26 other restaurants statewide, Schneiderman said.
The attorney general 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.”