Court Case Alleges Thousands of Pizza Hut Drivers Underpaid

KansasCity.com, “Perhaps 20,000 to 30,000 delivery drivers for Pizza Hut’s largest franchisee, NPC International Inc., are eligible plaintiffs in a national collective action alleging a minimum wage violation.”

“U.S. District Court Judge John W. Lungstrum in Kansas City, Kan., this week granted conditional certification for the drivers in a case that centers on the franchisee’s mileage reimbursement practice. Rick Paul, an attorney for the plaintiffs at Stueve Siegel Hanson in Kansas City, said the employee drivers were paid at least the prevailing federal or state minimum wages. But, because they were paid at a rate far less than the IRS mileage reimbursement rate for driving their personal vehicles, the unreimbursed cost of operating their vehicles caused their effective pay to fall below minimum wage.”