Big Pizza Hut franchise class action

“Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP in Kansas City, Mo. and Weinhaus & Potashnick in St. Louis, Mo. recently filed suit against NPC International, Inc., the largest Pizza Hut franchisee operating more than 1,100 stores in 28 states.  The plaintiff alleges NPC is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by failure to pay minimum wage to delivery drivers by their refusal to adequately reimburse drivers for automobile costs and other job related expenses.

Pizza companies require their delivery drivers to maintain operable, safe and legally-compliant vehicles.  To do so, the drivers must purchase their own gasoline, vehicle parts, fluids, repairs, maintenance services and insurance.  Meanwhile, their vehicles depreciate rapidly while driving on the job.  Some employees commonly drive more than 100 miles per shift.  AAA Auto Club calculates the average 2009 annual cost of operating a vehicle at $8,095 for 15,000 miles.  This equates to a per mile cost of $0.54.  Costs of operating sport utility vehicles and minivans are even higher.*”



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