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Domino's workers fired, now rehired: Franchise owner object of on-going probe

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Domino’s workers jobs were pulled after a wage dispute this week at a New York Domino’s restaurant. According to Yahoo Finance on Dec. 13, the Domino’s delivery workers were fired by the restaurant’s owner, but the owner has now given the workers back their jobs.

New York’s attorney general’s office has confirmed that the Manhattan restaurant will take back the workers who were allegedly fired when protesting the low wages being paid to them. The problem lies with the employees that deliver the pizzas being paid the “tipped wage” but they are still expected to perform other tasks under that pay.

The $5.65 an hour they are paid is a wage paid to employees who receive tips. They want the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour because they are doing more than what the tipped wage would entail. They were performing non-tipped work at a tipped wage.

In New York State employers can pay a different rate of pay to tipped employees, which is lower than minimum wage. This is true in many states across the country, but when the employees are expected to perform tasks that aren’t tipped, they want the minimum wage.

Two lawmakers took up the fired Domino worker’s cause last week and tried to get them their jobs back. The owner of this Domino’s restaurant was already the object of a probe by the state attorney’s office to see if he violated labor laws.

Robert Cookston, the Domino’s restaurant franchise owner who fired the disgruntled employees, owns other Domino’s restaurants in the area. He did agree to give the workers back their positions.

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