Domino’s workers take pizza giant to court
PIZZA giant Domino's will on Tuesday be hit with a class action by workers who claim to have been underpaid for almost five years.
The class action is being brought on behalf of delivery drivers and in-store workers employed across Domino's franchise network.
It alleges key award entitlements were systemically avoided between June 24, 2013 and January 24, 2018.
It will be launched by specialist class action law firm Phi Finney McDonald on Tuesday.
The class action, funded by Therium Litigation Finance, could potentially affect tens of thousands of former and current workers.
The action alleges Domino's engaged in "misleading or deceptive conduct" when telling franchisees employee pay and conditions "should be determined by reference to a series of industrial agreements that denied workers key entitlements".
The claim alleges drivers and in-store workers should have been paid under the Fast Food Industry Award 2010, and got casual loading, penalty rates, three-hour minimum shifts and laundry allowances.
Former Domino's delivery driver Riley Gall is leading the action on behalf of all other affected employees.
"I worked hard for two Domino's franchisees for years. It's only fair the company pay me and other workers what we are owed," he said.
The issue came up after an investigation spearheaded by the Retail and Fast Food Workers' Union.
"The scale of Domino's misconduct is unprecedented, and we believe tens of thousands of workers were never paid for casual loading, penalty rates, travel costs and laundry allowances," union secretary Josh Cullinan said.
"These are mums and dads working a second job to put food on the table and roof over the head of family. These are TAFE and uni students trying to pay their rent.
"These are also older, vulnerable workers who have fallen out of mainstream employment."
Phi Finney McDonald managing director Ben Phi urged people employed at a Domino's store between June 24, 2013 and January 28, 2018 to visit dominosclassaction.com to register.