Domino's Pizza hit with class action
Domino's has been hit by a class action lawsuit that claims the Australian pizza giant and its franchises underpaid workers for five years.
Law firm Phi Finney McDonald alleges that a large number of delivery and in-store Domino's workers were paid less than they should have been from June 24, 2013, through to January 24, 2018.
"The class action alleges that Domino's improperly told its Australian franchisees to pay delivery drivers and in-store workers under the inapplicable employment agreements," said Phi Finney McDonald.
Domino's told its franchises to pay workers according to an enterprise agreement rather than the fast food pay scale determined by the Fair Work Commission.
Phi Finney McDonald said that underpayments involved casual workers not being paid a 25 per cent loading bonus and workers not receiving penalty rates for working after-hours, on weekends or public hours.
Riley Gall, a former delivery driver at two Domino's franchises, is leading the class action on behalf of other employees.
Domino's Pizza Enterprises said it was served with the class action in Federal Court on Tuesday and that it would defend the proceeding.
Domino's had already said its view is that workers' pay and conditions should have been determined by the industrial agreements, rather than the Fast Food Industry Award 2010.