Global litigation funding provider Therium Litigation Finance is funding a class action against Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, claiming the Australian pizza giant and its franchises systemically underpaid workers.
Law firm Phi Finney McDonald alleges that most delivery and in-store Domino’s workers were paid less than they should have from June 24, 2013 through January 24, 2018.
“The class action alleges that Domino’s improperly told its Australian franchisees to pay delivery drivers and in-store workers under the inapplicable employment agreements,” Phi Finney McDonald on a website devoted to the class action.
Casual workers weren’t paid a 25 per cent loading bonus and workers didn’t get penalty rates for working after-hours, on weekends or on public hours, Phi Finney McDonald alleges.
Phi Finney McDonald says that Domino’s workers are owed the difference between the rates they were paid and the employment agreements.
Domino’s Pizza Enterprises said on Tuesday it “had not been served with any claim or received any prior contact about this matter”.
But Domino’s said it is of the view the pay and conditions of workers should have been determined by industrial agreements, rather than rates determined by the Fair Work Commission known as the Fast Food Industry Award 2010.
“Domino’s takes the proper payment of its team members seriously. Any formal proceedings received will be reviewed and actioned in the ordinary course,” the company said.
London-based Therium is one of the world’s largest litigation funders, paying for litigation in return for a slice of any successful returns.
At 1050 AEST Domino’s shares were down 45 cents, or 1.15 per cent, to $38.68.