Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Domino's Pizza drivers granted class certification in wage-and-hour lawsuit

A Minnesota federal court has granted class certification to Domino's Pizza drivers alleging that the company violated federal wage-and-hour laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Under federal law, employers are required to pay employees (other than salaried employees) at least the mandatory minimum wage. The class action lawsuit alleges that Domino's failed to reimburse drivers for their mileage costs, and thus effectively reduced their pay below federally-mandated amounts.

In the article, a lawyer explained the basis for the lawsuit:

"The whole point of having a minimum wage statute is to ensure that people actually have the minimum wage in their pocket at the end of the workday," said E. Michelle Drake, an attorney for the plaintiffs. "Domino's puts money in drivers' pockets with one hand, and then takes it out with the other by requiring drivers to shoulder some of Domino's costs of doing business."

The ruling potentially applies to Domino's delivery drivers nationwide.

Turkheimer & Hadden, LLC
Attorneys at Law

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