Papa John’s franchisee stiffed workers out of $2M: AG, Josh Saul

“When I worked for Papa John’s, I was cheated of my hours and treated as less than human,” said Darrell Roper, 51, a former Papa John’s worker.

nypost.com
October 17, 2014

Papa John’s franchisee stiffed workers out of $2M: AG
Josh Saul

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The state attorney general sued the owner of five Papa John’s pizza eateries in Manhattan on Thursday, claiming the firm stiffed 400 delivery workers out of more than $2 million by underpaying them and illegally forcing them to buy their own bicycles and helmets.

“When I worked for Papa John’s, I was cheated of my hours and treated as less than human,” said Darrell Roper, 51, a former Papa John’s worker.

The $2 million lawsuit stems from a yearlong probe by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into the pay practices of franchisee New Majority Holdings and its owner, Ronald Johnson.

The probe found the firm shaved workers’ hours by rounding down their daily shifts to the nearest hour.

“Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

“My office will combat wage theft whenever and wherever we see it in order to protect the rights of hardworking New Yorkers, including pizza-delivery workers and others who toil at fast-food restaurants.”

The franchises also failed to pay overtime and broke multiple other labor laws.

Johnson owns five Papa John’s stores, the AG said.

The lawsuit against Johnson is the first to come out of several probes of fast-food employers by the attorney general’s Labor Bureau.

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