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Owners of 23 NY pizzerias settle wage cases

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MICHAEL VIRTANEN | March 27, 2014 12:03 AM EST | AP


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has reached settlements with the owners of 23 Domino's Pizza restaurants who'll pay $448,000 to minimum-wage workers who were underpaid.

The six franchisees have pizzerias in New York City and Dutchess, Erie, Nassau, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

The settlement money will be distributed among approximately 750 employees. Most are expected to get back between $200 and $2,000. The franchisees signed settlements listing various wage violations.

Investigators say they found numerous violations of labor laws by the franchise owners from 2007 to 2013.

They include paying delivery workers as little as $5 an hour, lower than the $5.65 minimum wage for tipped workers in effect since 2011.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the violations show "a statewide pattern" of Domino's franchisees "illegally chiseling" at minimum-wage workers' pay.