New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements totaling $448,000 with six Domino’s Pizza franchises, including one in downtown Schenectady.
The 23 Domino’s stores throughout the state paid employees less than the minimum wage, Schneiderman said. The settlement money will be distributed among 750 employees.
“The violations in these cases demonstrate a statewide pattern of Domino’s franchises flouting the law and illegally chiseling at the pay of minimum-wage workers, who struggle to survive as it is,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
The Domino’s store in Schenectady reached a $40,000 settlement with Schneiderman’s office. The store is owned by John Dobson and located at 1441 Broadway.
The investigation found that over the past seven years the Domino’s stores located in New York City and Dutchess, Erie, Nassau, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk and Westchester counties violated labor laws that protect low-wage workers.
Franchises admitted to violations of paying some delivery workers less than the $5.65 minimum, according to Schneiderman’s office. Several stores also failed to pay adequate overtime and did not reimburse delivery workers for job-related expenses.
As part of the settlement, workers are expected to get back between $200 and $2000 depending on their hours, wages and length of employment. Investigations of additional Domino’s franchises are ongoing.