A Domino’s restaurant in New York has been ordered to pay restitution to 61 employees after they won a suit alleging they had been ripped off by their employer. Carlos Rodriguez Herrera worked as a delivery man and was paid for 45 hours every week even though he worked 65 hours a week or more. A co-worker, Anatole Yameogo, remembers working from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. one Saturday, but his pay stub said he worked just five hours that day.
“One manager told me you will work more than 50 hours a week but we’ll pay you for 40,” Mr. Yameogo said. “That helps the managers increase their bonus.”
Some employees were forced to work for tips, even though they were not working positions where tips would be given.
According to the New York Times, David Melton, the owner of DPNY (Domino’s Pizza New York), said he had settled “to get the situation behind us and move forward with our business.” Melton added, “In any dispute people say things that may or may not be true, and that is the case here,” Melton said. “We made some mistakes in our business.”
He added that in his 25 years running DPNY, “thousands of our team members over those years have greatly benefited from their relationships with us.”
Mr. Yameogo, who worked for DPNY from 2005 to 2009, said, “I knew they were stealing my hours, but I had no choice but to stay because I had a family to support.” He sends part of his earnings to his wife and children in Burkina Faso.
Carlos Rodriguez Herrera, an immigrant from Mexico, said he initiated legal action after he first complained to his manager that he had been improperly underpaid and was fired on the spot in 2007. “The boss would always tell people, ‘If you don’t like it here, the door is open to go elsewhere,’” he said.
Domino’s Corporate HQ said they are ‘not contributing’ in any way to Melton’s settlement payment, and noted that Melton is in arrears in his franchise payments – to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars. They are deferring payments until Melton has paid off his other creditors as well as the legal settlement against him.
h/t: New York Times