Assemblywoman: Delivery Staff Were Still Paid Sub-Minimum Wage Inside Restaurant

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two area lawmakers rallied Sunday with employees of a Domino’s Pizza restaurant in Washington Heights, after workers there were fired.

Fast food workers in 100 cities across the country, including New York, walked off the job on Dec. 5, demanding a pay raise.

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Among the participants were 20 employees at a Domino’s on 181st Street, who were allegedly fired after they complained about working conditions, according to the office of New York State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa (D-Manhattan.)

Rosa and City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-10th) rallied Sunday with workers outside the restaurant, demanding that the workers’ jobs be restored.

Rosa’s office claimed Domino’s pays its delivery staff less than minimum wage, and its employees are highly dependent on tips. The 181st Street Domino’s claimed its delivery people were working extended hours inside the restaurant – where they earn no tips – but still being paid less than minimum wage, Rosa’s office said.

The employees brought up the issue to management and were fired, Rosa’s office claimed.

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“Having all these workers fired, not able to bring the food to their families, in part of a season when we are supposed to be able to give thanks and share with others, is really outrageous,” Rosa told 1010 WINS.

Rosa, Rodriguez and the Domino’s employees said they plan to protest every day until the employees are rehired, and said they will boycott if the restaurant does not rehire the employees.

“The national fast food strikes have brought the industry’s systemic mistreatment of its workers into the national spotlight, and we will continue to build momentum, continue to organize, until every employee receives the living wage of $15 wage that he or she deserves,” Rosa added in a news release.

Domino’s has not issued a comment about the complaints.

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