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Papa John's franchisee accused of non-payment of overtime

Many Americans live pay check to pay check and every extra hour that they work can make a significant difference to their families. When this money is not paid, it can cause the employees to struggle to make ends meet. California workers expect to be given payment for all of the time that they put in working, as well as being compensated for any additional hours that would be paid at an overtime rate. When this does not happen, the employees may be forced to turn to the law for help.

A franchise of Papa John's in another state is being accused of not properly paying its employees. The franchisee, Emstar Pizza Inc., and its owners were sued by the attorney general for the discrepancies. The attorney general made a statement saying that the franchisee blatantly disregarded the law and that it should be abiding by the law just like any other business.

According to the complaint, when the employees worked, the number of hours that they worked were adjusted down to the next full hour. The franchisee was also accused of not reporting all of the hours that its employees worked for the last six years. It was also accused of not paying its employees overtime.

A judge ruled in favor of the employees and ordered that Emstar pay close to $800,000 to the affected current and former workers. Papa John's said in a statement that it does not control the actions of its franchisees, but believes that all workers should receive proper payment. Employees in California who are in similar situations may choose to file claims against their employers to receive the payments to which they believe they are entitled.

Source:, "Papa John's franchisee ordered to pay in wage lawsuit", Jonathan Maze, Feb. 2, 2015

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