Local Domino’s shortchanged delivery drivers

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – The New York State Attorney General has announced $448,000 in settlements with Domino’s Pizza franchises, after minimum-wage workers were underpaid.

The settlement includes six Domino’s franchisees, who together own 23 stores, where employees were being paid less than minimum wage, refused overtime, not following “tip credit” rules, or other state law violations occurred. The Domino’s franchise on Sheridan Drive in Amherst was among the six that settled with the State Attorney General.

According to state officials, the owners, Maha Zaatreh and Khaled Handan, were not reimbursing delivery drivers for using their own cars. They had to pay $40,000. They declined our request for comment.

Most of the workers will get back between $200 and $2,000, depending on the facts related to their employment, including their hours, wages, and length of employment.

Andy Reynolds, an organizer with the Coalition for Economic Justice, says it is about time the government did more for low wage workers.

“There simply aren’t the resources out there, currently, to investigate what employers are doing, and hold them accountable,” he said.

Megan Connelly with the Partnership for the Public Good, adds enforcing the law levels the playing field for employers.

She opined, “Our community deserves better, and we need to enforce these policies, and these procedures, in order to make a better community.”

A Domino’s spokesman issued a statement saying, “Franchisees are independent business owners, responsible for their own personnel practices.” Since the case did not involve the corporate level, nor were they aware of it, they have no further comment.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he isn’t done.

“These settlements are part of our broad investigation into labor violations in the fast food industry, and other low wage sectors,” he said.

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