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Former Domino’s Drivers Sue Over Wages

According to a report from Nation’s Restaurant News, “Three former Domino’s Pizza delivery drivers are suing the chain, claiming they earned less than minimum wage.”

“In a lawsuit filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court here, the ex-employees claim that Domino’s did not reimburse them sufficiently for car maintenance and other job-related expenses, which pushed their pay below federal and New York state minimum wages.”

“The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, also accused the company of violating New York labor law by not paying weekly uniform maintenance allowances, imposing ‘excessive deductions from employees’ wages,’ keeping gratuities belonging to its employees and failing to keep records.”

“Representatives for Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Domino’s did not return phone calls for comment by press time. The plaintiffs, Ernesto Bodon, Kevin Curry and Donna Annunziato, all worked at the same Domino’s location in Queens between 2004 and 2008. The lawsuit says Domino’s paid the plaintiffs “an hourly wage at or around the New York minimum wage,” which is currently $7.15.”

“Foodservice employers in the state are allowed a $2.55 hourly tip credit for tipped employees, but the lawsuit said that Domino’s did not rely on that credit. The suit also said the payment for car maintenance and other delivery-related expenses was less than the actual incurred expenses.”