By Scott Bauer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Would you like shame with that?
How's this for a reason to tip the delivery guy: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has just filed a lawsuit against a Papa John's franchisee, Ronald Johnson, for allegedly treating his workers even worse than the way we feel about ourselves after a massive pepperoni slice.
Investigators say Johnson's company made workers pay for and maintain their own delivery bikes. Those bikes probably cost a hefty chunk of change for the workers, who were getting only $5 an hour. That's less than the $7.25 minimum wage in New York State for much of the time period covered by the lawsuit, but it's even less than the $5.65 "tipped wage" that bosses can pay certain employees if they're making enough in tips.
"Nobody who works 40 hours a week should have to live in poverty," Schneiderman said in a statement. "Like every other business in New York, fast-food employers must follow the law."More »