Pizza hut workers protest wage losses

On New Year’s Day last year, Pizza Hut delivery driver Angelo Boone clocked in at 3 p.m., made 11 deliveries, and spent his last hour washing dishes, mopping floors and emptying the trash before he clocked out at 9:57 p.m.

But Boone’s paycheck did not include that last hour at the Brownsboro Road restaurant. Free food from restaurants Boone’s manager had scrubbed 63 minutes from Boone’s electronic time records — and it wasn’t the first time, court records show.

Over the course of two years, “a rogue” Pizza Hut manager systematically deleted time from the payroll records of Boone and 81 other workers to save labor costs, according to the vice president of the Pizza Hut franchise for which Boone once worked.

By Pizza Hut’s estimates, Boone alone was cheated out of an estimated 87 hours, or about $700. Food network restaurants near me Once senior management intervened, Boone and his co-workers were paid, 2JR Pizza vice president Brian Reetz told Jefferson Circuit Court judge Eric Haner last fall.


“We found out (a manager) was going in and deleting time. Food restaurants near me open We righted a wrong,” Reetz said. “There were more than 82 people … Open fast food restaurants near me It was pretty bad.”

Boone and a handful of other former Pizza Hut workers contend those settlement checks are not enough. Fast food restaurants near my location And they are not sure all of their co-workers received their back pay. Mexican food restaurants near my location They represent a handful of former workers preparing to file a class-action lawsuit. Soul food restaurants near my location Their goal is to force an independent audit of labor practices at 2JR Pizza and potentially recover damages for violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and similar Kentucky laws.

“I want every employee to know what they did,” Boone said. Fast food restaurants around me “I want them exposed.”

Wage theft is more widespread than one might think, especially among low-wage, young and uneducated workers, advocates say. Fast food restaurants that deliver In a 2014 poll of nearly 1,100 fast food workers, 89 percent reported they had been victims of some type of wage abuse. Fast food restaurants open on christmas day Reported violations included being denied breaks, being asked to work off the clock and not being compensated for overtime.

Wage theft “is not uncommon. Fast food restaurants open on thanksgiving It is prevalent among low-wage workers. Fast food restaurants open 24 hours Workers are entitled to be paid in full for time worked according to state and federal law,” said David Suetholz, who served as chief counsel of the Kentucky Department of Labor from 2009 to 2011.

Should they prevail with a class action in state or federal court, workers may be able to recover damages and lawyer fees, Suetholz said.

“The employer has an obligation to maintain accurate time records,” said Suetholz, now a lawyer in private practice in Louisville.

2JR Pizza has not been sued for other instances of altering worker’s time records, according to a nationwide check of criminal and civil litigation. Chinese food restaurants in the area In other disputes about wages, 2JR has successfully prevailed in federal court in cases where former delivery drivers claimed their personal reimbursement for mileage expenses violated minimum wage standards.

2JR Pizza is the longtime owner of roughly 28 Pizza Hut restaurants in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. Soul food restaurants in the area Begun in 2000, 2JR Pizza had evolved by 2009 to be run mostly by Brian Reetz, who had taken the “reins of day to day management,” said his father, company founder Jeffrey Reetz, in an interview with Franchising.com. The company has an A+ rating with the Louisville chapter of the Better Business Bureau. Good cheap restaurants near me Clocking in, clocking out

Pizza Hut management deleted hours from the time sheets of Yocianne “Pam” Kadouri when she worked at the Brownsboro Road store in 2016. Free food on your birthday without signing up (Photo: Jere Downs/Courier-Journal)

Workers who deliver pizza for a living say it’s easy to overlook paycheck errors. Free food on your birthday az Most of their income comes in the form of tips from each day’s shift. Healthy food restaurants london Total tips can range between $20 and $200 per day, Boone and other drivers said.

For hours clocked during the workday, Pizza Hut also pays drivers two different rates during the same shift. Fast food restaurants near me that are open When working in the store, pizza delivery drivers earn around $8.25 per hour, court records show. Fast food mexican restaurants near me When they depart to drive a pizza on the road, they punch the clock again to earn a lower rate of around $4 per hour. Chinese food restaurants near me that deliver As a result, a driver might clock in and clock out 10 to 20 times during a shift, as food orders come and go.

When time was erased, it was usually one or two of those shift fragments, employee time sheets show.

“You trust them with your time,” former delivery driver Pam Kadouri said. Fast food fish restaurants near me Sometimes, Kadouri said, she made up to $70 per day in tips delivering pizzas for the Pizza Hut lunch rush while her 9-year-old daughter was at school. Fast food restaurants open on christmas eve Every two weeks, she would also receive a small paycheck from Pizza Hut for wages.

“The last thing we want to do is spend time checking over our hours. Fast food restaurants open 24 hours near me When you work with a company, you feel they are going to treat you right,” said Kadouri, 47. Fast food places open 24 hours near me “Tips made most of my income while a check from Pizza Hut would come every two weeks for about $25.” Lost time on the clock

One year ago, Pizza Hut workers say, there was talk in the restaurant that a worker had noticed he was not paid for all of his hours worked. Food places open 24 hours near me That sparked an investigation, according to a memo posted inside the restaurant on Brownsboro Road.

“It has been brought to our attention that payroll timekeeping practices at this unit have been abused,” 2JR Pizza human resources manager Debbie Markland stated in the memo. Food suppliers for restaurants “Please know this is unacceptable and we are currently investigating.”

Within weeks, the manager of the Brownsboro Road Pizza Hut and a shift supervisor had been dismissed. New orleans soul food restaurants A new manager was installed at the store, workers said. New food places near me She sought help with repeated requests from former Pizza Hut workers about their lost wages.

“I am having ex-employees calling about the time keeping,” new manager Karen Barrick wrote to Markland in a memo posted for all workers to see. Mexican food near my location “What should I tell them and my employees about the money they took?”

By mid-March, workers were promised the back pay was coming soon.

“All employees that had time taken away from them should see a back pay line on the check on the 16th,” a new memo said. Healthy restaurants in dubai From 2JR Pizza headquarters in Louisville, a bundle of 82 checks arrived for workers to claim from the restaurant office, workers said. In March, Boone signed a list of affected workers to show he had accepted two checks for lost wages, one for $85 for time lost in 2016 and a second $659 check for 2015.

When Boone received his reimbursement checks last spring, he still had doubts whether he had been paid in full. How to get free food from restaurants by complaining He asked for all of his time sheets so he could check them for accuracy, but management declined. Free food coupons online To force the issue, Boone filed a lawsuit in Jefferson County small claims court in July that resulted in the release of his time sheets. Free food coupons uk They show Pizza Hut docked Boone at least once a week for a year. Fast food restaurants with soup Sometimes, just nine minutes was erased from Boone’s timesheet. Fast food places that accept ebt In another instance, five hours was removed, those records show.

Markland did not respond to a phone call seeking comment. Healthy chinese food choices In a court hearing last August, Markland said 2JR Pizza had compensated workers at the double time rate for any lost overtime hours.

Catherine Carey, 30, picked up a check from Pizza Hut last spring worth 22 hours of lost pay. Chinese fast food restaurants near me After quitting Pizza Hut in November, Carey said she requested copies of her time sheets from Pizza Hut for all of her work during 2016. Mexican fast food restaurants near me Upon receiving those time records this month, Carey said she believes she is owed for 52 hours of time.

Carey is one of the people joining the class action lawsuit in hopes her time records will be independently evaluated.

“I think it is totally wrong for Pizza Hut to treat people that way,” Carey said. “When you work for a company, you feel they are going to treat you right.”

Jere Downs can be reached at (502) 582-4669, JDowns@Courier-Journal.com and Jere Downs on Facebook.

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