Domino’s, Hard Rock Café Hit with Wage-and-Hour Lawsuit

By on January 25, 2011

Dominos Labor lawsuitA former Domino’s Pizza LLC delivery driver has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all Domino’s drivers who delivered pizza from July 2008 and February 2009.  The lawsuit alleges that the pizza chain violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring drivers to subsidize their own gas, maintenance, and other vehicle-related expenses. 

According to the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Domino’s pays its delivery drivers minimum wage plus a tax-free reimbursement for each delivery.  The plaintiff on the complaint said Domino’s uses a corporate mandated formula to determine the reimbursement totals that falls well below the actual expenses incurred on the job.

The plaintiff said he received approximately $107.10 for his work in December 2008 compared to the $1,176 he spent on gas and a replacement radiator for his vehicle.

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Hard Rock Café International is being sued by a group of servers and bartenders who are alleging the restaurant chain illegally paid them less than the minimum wage.  According to the complaint, filed in Circuit Court in Orange County, Florida, servers and bartenders improperly shared their tips with kitchen employees who were responsible for ensuring food was prepared properly.  As a result, Hard Rock Café forced its servers and bartenders to give up a potion of their entitled pay to ‘expediters’ who do not customarily receive tips and are not engaged in service to customers, the lawsuit claims.

This lawsuit also alleges violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and seeks proper financial restitution for lost wages.  The alleged wrongdoing occurred from January 2006 to July 2009.

See also: Employees Take Wage-and-Hour Complaints to Court

The actions discussed here were not filed by Milberg.

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