A Papa John’s pizza franchisee faces jail time for his attempt to evade responsibility for paying overtime to workers at nine stores in the Bronx, N.Y. Authorities alleged the man’s company, BMY Foods, ran a scheme that tracked hours under fictitious names to hide overtime liability.
Working with the New York Attorney General, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recovered over $500,000 in lost wages and damages for the affected employees. Additionally, the attorney general is seeking jail time for the franchisee.
Note: Enforcement officials are not taking wage theft, in its various forms, lightly. In cases like this—where the employer obviously falsified records to hide his illegal pay practices—officials will not think twice about throwing the book at the employer.
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