Domino's workers jobs were lost for some New York employees earlier this week following a serious labor fight, but the delivery workers canned by the owner have since been allowed to return to work, confirms the state attorney general’s office. The Manhattan store has affirmed to rehire the workers following the labor debate — allegedly over being paid too low wages — as soon as this Sunday.Yahoo! Finance reports the details this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
According to the press release, the Domino’s workers were fired from their jobs in the first place because of “incessant complaining” over being only paid a tipping wage of $5.65 per hour, even though they were performing non-tipping minimum wage tasks. A total of 25 workers had been canned by the store owner last week, and all of them have at least been offered the opportunity to return to work if they choose to do so.
"The delivery workers ... were let go after complaining that they were still being paid the 'tipped wage' of $5.65 per hour even though they were performing tasks, like kitchen cleaning, that should qualify them for the state's minimum wage of $7.25," added a source.
Questioning over labor laws had Robert Cookston, the Domino’s restaurant owner and operator, already in hot water, even before word of the firings made national news headlines. The state attorney general’s office noted that "following a dispute precipitated by employee complaints regarding, among other things, performing non-tipped work while earning a tipped rate," a more thorough investigation was needed to take place.
“These New York Domino’s employees who regularly receive tips may be paid a lower hourly wage and the employer may claim a 'tip credit'" in certain circumstances at their jobs,” offered a statement on the AG's website explained. "Currently, the tip credit for delivery workers is $1.60 per hour, so they must be paid at least $5.65 per hour in wages," the statement read. "However, in order to ensure that the lower wage applies only to those who genuinely have the opportunity to receive tips, state and federal laws limit the amount of time a lower-paid, tipped employee may perform untipped work, such as cleaning or kitchen work."