Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced settlements totaling $448,000 with six Domino’s Pizza franchises. They own a total of 23 stores in Rockland, Westchester, Dutchess, Erie, Nassau, Schenectady and Suffolk counties. They have to pay restitution for labor violations, including sub-minimum wages, nonpayment of overtime and failure to reimburse delivery workers for all their job-related car expenses.
The $448,000 will be distributed among roughly 750 minimum-wage employees who were underpaid by Domino’s. Most will get between $200 and $2,000, depending on their hours, wages and length of employment. The franchisees also have to implement complaint procedures, provide employees with bilingual written handbooks, train supervisors on labor law, post a statement of employees’ rights and submit quarterly reports to Schneiderman’s office for two to three years.
One Domino’s franchise is owned by John Cilmi, who has eight restaurants, located in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Spring Valley, West Haverstraw, Yonkers, New York City, Poughkeepsie and Wappingers Falls. Cilmi has to pay $100,000 in restitution.
“The violations in these cases demonstrate a statewide pattern of Domino’s franchisees 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.
Schneiderman’s probe found that from 2007 to 2013, the Domino’s franchisees violated numerous safety net labor laws designed to protect the lowest wage workers. Investigations of additional Domino’s franchises are ongoing, Schneiderman said.
These are the locations of Cilmi’s restaurants:
— 148 West 72nd Street, New York City;
— 73 Gramatan Avenue, Mount Vernon;
— 434 North Avenue, New Rochelle;
— 10 Taft Avenue Poughkeepsie;
— 96 Route 59, Spring Valley;
— 1582 Route 9, Wappingers Falls;
— 7G Route 9W, West Haverstraw;
— 471 McLean Avenue, Yonkers.