Ronald Johnson, who once was a rising star in the New York City business community, must now fork over $2 million after refusing to pay his 447 Papa John's employees $7.25 an hour.
Screenshot via Google Street View Ron Johnson's Papa John's location at 703 Lenox Avenue in Harlem
On March 3, 2015, New York Supreme Court Justice Joan Kenney filed a judgment that ordered Johnson and his company to pay $2,126,166.34 in owed wages, un-reimbursed expenses, liquidated damages, and interest. But Johnson's attorney, George Peters, says he's not going to see his client pay the debts without first pursuing all avenues to reduce them.
"He may have done some things that were improper," Peters tells the Voice. "But it didn't rise to the $2 million level."