Domino's sued again for allegedly paying workers less than minimum wage

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The cheap pies at Domino's come at "a steep price for its workers," according to yet another lawsuit against the pizza-delivery industry. Riad Kucher, who worked at five Domino's locations between 2014 and 2016, is suing the pizza chain for what he asserts are "systemic wage violations." His lawsuit, filed by the employment-litigation firm Wigdor, alleges he and hundreds of fellow employees weren't paid proper wages, and were forced to work more than 20 hours per week off the clock, bringing their hourly pay to sub-minimum wage. He adds that when he started asking questions about all these unpaid wages, his boss simply fired him.

What makes the situation worse, Kucher says, is that New York State has fined Domino's for wage violations multiple times already. A 2014 investigation resulted in a $450,000 penalty against 23 locations. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman described it as a pattern of "illegally chiseling at the pay of minimum-wage workers." One year later, another 29 New York locations paid a $970,000 settlement for the exact same thing. Schneiderman appealed directly to Domino's executives this time, saying, "My message for Domino's CEO Patrick Doyle is this: To protect the Domino's brand, protect the basic rights of the people who wear the Domino's uniform, who make and deliver your pizzas."

New York's Papa John's franchisees have also been repeatedly sued for labor violations, suggesting an industry-wide problem. Kucher's lawsuit lists another half-dozen cases where Domino's franchisees have run afoul of the law since 2013, like illegally canning workers who complained about underpayment. The suit argues that Domino's corporate office knows exactly what's up by now, and that these fines aren't proving "a sufficient deterrent to prevent continued wage violations." It goes on to say, "The time has come for Domino's — on a corporate level — to take full ownership and responsibility for the repetitive and blatant unlawful conduct of its franchisees." The company didn't respond to a request for comment.

Related: Did you know the founder of Domino's also founded a university and town in Florida?

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AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: A sign welcomes people to the town of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around the towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: A cross adorns the church being built in the town center of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around the towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Francisco Perez works on caulking a window of a store in the town center of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around the towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: A cross adorns the church being built in the town center of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around the towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: A painting of people dining is seen in a store front in the town center of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around the towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, in his office on the campus of the University of Ava Maria which he founded September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: The town center of Ave Maria is seen September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Ave Maria resident John McDowell walks with John Christian McDowell September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Ave Maria residents Rose Carmac, 3-years-old, and her mother Elizabeth Carmac take a bike ride September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Street lights illuminate streets where homes are scheduled to be built in the town of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Ave Maria resident Teresa Lester talks with her daughter Anbrose Lester in the town center September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: A cross adorns the church being built in the town center of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around the towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Ave Maria residents Rose Carmac, 3-years-old, rides on her mother Elizabeth Carmac's bike as they ride together September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Ave Maria University student Noel Gregory shops in the only store open in the town center September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: The town center of Ave Maria can be seen next to the towering church September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around the towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, (C) eats lunch with students at the University of Ava Maria which he founded September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, walks on the campus of the University of Ava Maria which he founded September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Students attending Ave Maria University pray during a noon mass September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The mass is held in a temporary space until the Oratory is completed in the town center. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Religious figurines are seen on sale at the only store open in the town center September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, (L) walks on the campus of the University of Ava Maria which he founded September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Ave Maria University student Ryan Hawkes shops in the only store open in the town center September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: A student at Ave Maria University prays during a noon mass September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The mass is held in a temporary space until the Oratory is completed in the town center. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Marco Perez cleans a patio area in the town center of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: Ave Maria residents Rose Carmac, 3-years-old, Elizabeth Carmac and others as they relax during a bike ride September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around a towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
AVA MARIA, FL - SEPTEMBER 27: A painting of Jesus Christ hangs in the visitor center at the town center of Ave Maria September 27, 2007 in Ave Maria, Florida. The University and town that was founded in 2002 by Tom Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, is being built on a 5,000-acre tract of land that was formally agricultural fields. The town has plans to include 11,000 homes, three golf courses and its own water park, all oriented around the towering church. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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