The Papa John’s pizza chain has come through for employees left in the lurch when a franchisee in Sacramento abruptly closed eight stores.
The franchise owner, APNA Investments, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy without issuing final paychecks to the employees. They complained to the Sacramento office for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, which contacted Papa John’s corporate office to try to get the workers paid.
Papa John’s has a separate non-profit arm known as the “Franchise Team Member Relief Fund.” The company invited the workers to apply to the fund for their lost wages. To date, they have received more than $28,000 in back wages.
Note: Papa John’s corporate office mounted a proactive campaign via Facebook to reach out to the affected employees. Doing the right thing, even though it didn’t have to, delivered great publicity for the pizza chain.