ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has taken action against Domino’s Pizza Inc., Domino’s Pizza LLC and Domino’s Pizza Franchising LLC (collectively, Domino’s), suing the chain for allegedly underpaying workers at least $565,000 at 10 stores in New York.
Schneiderman claims that Domino’s is a joint employer of the employees at these stores. Therefore, they should be liable for underpaid wages at franchises.
“At some point, a company has to take responsibility for its actions and for its workers’ well-being. We’ve found rampant wage violations at Domino’s franchise stores. And, as our suit alleges, we’ve discovered that Domino’s headquarters was intensely involved in store operations, and even caused many of these violations,” Schneiderman said. “Under these circumstances, New York law – as well as basic human decency – holds Domino’s responsible for the alleged mistreatment of the workers who make and deliver the company’s pizza. Domino’s can, and must, fix this problem.”
Schneiderman seeks a finding that Domino’s is a joint employer, an accounting to determine full restitution amount owed to employees, a finding that Domino’s defrauded its franchises and therefore violated state franchise law, and the placement of a monitor that will ensure future compliance.