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Demonstrators are pictured in front of Domino's Pizza during a strike aimed at the fast-food industry and the minimum wage in Seattle, Washington August 29, 2013. Fast-food workers went on strike and protested outside restaurants in 60 U.S. cities on Thursday, in the largest protest of an almost year-long campaign to raise service sector wages. REUTERS/David Ryder (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) - RTX1315R
Just over a week after a nearly $500,000 wage theft settlement was announced for McDonald's workers in New York City, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $448,000 wage theft settlement for Domino's Pizza workers at 23 New York restaurants:
Schneiderman's office says it uncovered a raft of labor law violations that occurred between 2007 and 2013 at the stores, which are owned by six franchisees. Those include delivery workers being paid below the $5.65 tipped minimum wage they were entitled to, workers not being paid for overtime worked beyond 40 hours, and delivery drivers not being fully reimbursed for their auto expenses.

The $448,000 restitution fund will be divvied up among 750 current and former Domino's workers, most of whom will get between $200 and $2,000.

Aggressively pursuing businesses that break labor laws and don't pay workers the money they've legally earned is a good way not just to get some back pay for the workers directly affected, but to discourage employers from breaking the law in the first place. Though it would be nice to see penalties more in line with what the workers would face if they stole equivalent amounts of money from their employers.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 01:44 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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