Former Domino's Pizza Franchise Owner Cited Second Time in a Year for Not Paying Workers
AG Orders Owner to Pay Over $32,000 in Restitution and Fines
"All workers are entitled under the law to receive the minimum wage," Attorney General Martha Coakley said. "It is troubling that this employer has violated the wage and hour laws for a second time. Our office is committed to holding responsible those employers who continue to disregard and violate the rights of their employees."
Beginning in August 2009, the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division received multiple complaints from employees who alleged that they were not paid the minimum wage while working as pizza delivery drivers at Lebo's Domino's franchise located in Lynn. Investigators reviewed the company's payroll records and discovered that 30 employees at the Lynn location were paid less than the state minimum wage of $8.00 an hour. The Massachusetts Tip Statute requires that tipped employees be paid a minimum of at least $8.00 per hour including tips.
In addition to the minimum wage violations, the records revealed unlawful deductions from the employees' wages. Investigators also discovered that Lebo and his company had violated the Commonwealth's recordkeeping laws by failing to maintain true and accurate payroll records, as well as by failing to produce records for inspection.
The Attorney General's Fair Labor Division is responsible for enforcing the payment of wages laws and the child labor laws in the Commonwealth. Workers who feel that their rights have been violated in their workplace are encouraged to call the Office's Fair Labor Hotline at (617) 727-3465. More information about the state's wage and hour laws is also available in multiple languages at the Attorney General's Workplace Rights website www.MassWorkRights.com.
The matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Lillian Hirales and was investigated by Investigator Elizabete Valadao, both of Attorney General Coakley's Fair Labor Division.