ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York’s attorney general has obtained a judgment against a Harlem pizzeria owner for underpaying hundreds of delivery workers at five restaurants.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the Papa John’s franchisee, New Majority Holdings LLC, and owner and operator Ronald Johnson, violated state labor laws and underpaid minimum and overtime wages.READ MORE: NYPD: Delivery Worker Stabbed To Death, E-Bike Stolen Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park
“Within the last two months, courts have found that two Papa John’s franchisees owe almost $3 million to their workers,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “We will continue to investigate wage and hour violations in the fast food industry. More broadly, franchisors need to step up to the plate. I call on all fast food franchisors, including Papa John’s, to take steps necessary to ensure that their workers — the backbone of their business — are treated fairly and paid the wages the law requires.”
As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, Schniederman said unscrupulous employers like Johnson count on workers being afraid to speak out, especially if they are undocumented immigrants.
“Every time workers come forward here and speak up, it gives courage to others,” he said.READ MORE: Gabby Petito Foundation Holds Fundraiser On Long Island