Domino’s delivery drivers and instore workers are being urged to take part in a wage theft class action against the fast-food chain, which is set to go to trial next week. The lawsuit alleges workers were underpaid up to $10,000 per year, or $11 per hour.
Lawyers representing Domino’s workers encourage eligible workers to urgently make contact.
“We want the Court to know the scale of what workers say they are entitled to if there is an order for Domino’s to pay compensation,” said Brett Spiegel, Principal Lawyer at Phi Finney McDonald.
The case alleges that Domino’s told its Australian franchisees to pay their delivery drivers and in-store workers under enterprise bargaining agreements that did not apply, and that these workers should have been paid in accordance with the better terms and conditions under the Fast Food Industry Award.
Lead applicant and former delivery driver Riley Gall is seeking more than $15,000 in damages, and is encouraging eligible Domino’s workers to urgently join the class action.
“The class action alleges that Domino’s workers were underpaid and, if this is proven, we deserve to be compensated. The money would make a huge impact on our lives, and it’s really important that Domino’s workers consider registering now,” he said.
Josh Cullinan, Secretary of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Unions (RAFFWU), says thousands of workers could miss out on receiving their full compensation if they don’t make contact about their claims or register.
“We know there are more than 55,000 Domino’s workers who are eligible for this class action. We want to make sure these people are counted so they can demand what we say they are owed by Domino’s,” he said.
Mr Spiegel said “Riley Gall will have his day in Court soon – I urge other Domino’s workers to stand up and be counted by registering as soon as possible.”
The class action will go to trial on 2nd November in the Federal Court of Australia.
The class action claims that Dominos’ workers are owed the difference between what they were paid, and the higher entitlements that were allegedly owed, including in relation to hourly rates, penalty rates, meal allowances, clothing and laundry allowances and delivery allowances.
Domino’s workers can check their eligibility and register at: www.dominosclassaction.com