Aug. 18, 2004
LOS ANGELES — Pizza Hut Inc., and former franchisee RLLW, Inc., are being sued by a delivery driver accusing the chain of reimbursing him improperly for automobile expenses related to his work.
Driver Franklin Castillo is the key plaintiff named in the seven-count complaint, though an estimated 500 to 1,000 drivers could join him in what may become a class action against the chain.
According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by PizzaMarketplace, Castillo accuses Pizza Hut of the following:
* Inadequate reimbursement for the use of drivers' personal vehicles for pizza delivery.
* Failure to pay employees adequate wages for scheduled shifts cut short due to lack of business.
* Misleading customers by failing to regularly pay delivery drivers mandatory delivery fees charged to Pizza Hut customers.
* Failure to provide consistent paid meal and rest breaks during schedule shifts.
The suit states that based on calculations from the American Automobile Association, drivers should be paid a minimum $1.56 per run to cover the use of their personal vehicles for pizza delivery. Pizza Hut's corporate store policy is to pay drivers 50 cents per run.
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