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#1 Hum

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Posted 13 December 2013 - 23:21

Twenty five Domino's employees who were fired for calling out what they described as illegal labor conditions have been given their jobs back, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday.

The delivery workers, who were employed by a franchise in New York City, were let go after complaining that they were still being paid the "tipped wage" of $5.65 per hour even though they were performing tasks, like kitchen cleaning, that should qualify them for the state's minimum wage of $7.25.

The workers then began a four-day protest alongside community members that quickly led to Schneiderman brokering an agreement between the workers and the owners of the franchise.

"There’s no excuse for companies like Domino’s not following the law and there’s no reason why its workers should be forced to work off the clock or for less than minimum wage,” Jonathan Westin, Executive Director of New York Communities for Change, a social justice organization, said in a press release.

Domino's declined to comment to The Huffington Post, saying that the store is an independently-owned and operated franchise and that they had no role in the agreement.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 00:20

Good for the employees. I think everyone should be making at least the minimum wage, regardless of job.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 00:27

2 sides that i see:

 

1) this is horrible what the franchise owner did, he should be sued and have the franchise taken away and sold to someone better able to following given laws.

 

2) this is a low blow from the employees, the franchise owner does NOT require the workers in question to clean and any work they did in that aspect were of their own free will and effort, possibly for a story like this.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 00:29

Yeah, that's really bad. I actually drove delivery for Pizza Hut during that time when the minimum wage went up to $7.25, and we got it.

 

Our boss told us that we were getting a raise like it was out of appreciation, paused, and then mumbled "because the minimum wage law passed today". He wasn't trying to be funny either.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 03:08

 

Domino's declined to comment to The Huffington Post, saying that the store is an independently-owned and operated franchise and that they had no role in the agreement.

 

Total BS, they are selling us there brand, they need to force there shop owners to provide there employess with the correct pay and benfits.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 21:50

No one should be paid less than minimum wage -- on the other hand, no one should rudely expect and demand 'tips'.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 02:32

No one should be paid less than minimum wage -- on the other hand, no one should rudely expect and demand 'tips'.

 

I agree. Tips are almost demanded these days, and I see tips as an my way to express my pleasure at excellent service.