A group of Domino’s Pizza delivery drivers was granted class-action status for a federal lawsuit filed in Minnesota. The drivers allege that Domino’s does not reimburse them for travel expenses, which in turns undercuts the drivers’ ability to earn minimum wage, as required by law.
Lawyers for the Minnesota plaintiffs argue that Domino’s policy means that drivers do not actually make minimum wage once they pay their own travel expenses, and said that the company is requiring its drivers to pay part of the cost of doing business out of their own pockets. The suit also charges that Domino’s broke Minnesota state law by keeping the delivery fee that it charges to customers instead of paying it to the drivers.
The class action ruling opens up the suit to cover up to 22,000 current and former pizza delivery drivers in nearly every state. Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza has challenged the class action certification on the grounds that employee circumstances vary too widely between states. Two similar delivery driver cases are currently underway across the US – one against Pizza Hut and another against Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria, a California pizzeria chain.
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