The U.S. Department of Labor and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have announced that four Papa John’s Pizza franchisees have agreed to pay $469,355 for labor violations. Back wages and damages will be distributed to 250 affected workers, to whom the franchisees failed to pay minimum and overtime wages and failed to provide one week’s worth of adequate uniforms.
“Once again, we’ve found Papa John’s franchises in New York that are ripping off their workers and violating critical state and federal laws,” Schneiderman said. “Fast food chains across the state should be on notice: we will not stop until your workers are treated with respect and paid lawful wages. Once again, I call on Papa John’s and other fast food companies to step up and stop the widespread lawlessness plaguing your businesses and harming the workers who make and deliver your food.” See New York State Office of the Attorney General Press Release, October 15, 2015.