A Jacksonville Pizza Hut is one of 1,200 franchises included in a class-action lawsuit.
The Alton Telegraph reports a Memphis law firm has filed a federal suit against the restaurants, claiming the firm that owns the Pizza Huts, NPC International, encourages shift managers to work “off the clock,” resulting in working for less than minimum wage.
The lawsuit states, “Pursuant to NPC’s uniform policies and practices, plaintiff and other members of the class have been encouraged, permitted or required to perform prescribed duties before, after and during their regular shifts without being clocked in to NPC’s electronic timekeeping system.”
Managers also are required to attend regular meetings and training sessions off the clock, according to the suit. It gives numerous examples of how “off the clock” time is worked by Pizza Hut employees.
One example, the suit states, is a cook required to clock out at 39 hours and 59 minutes to avoid working full-time.
The suit also claims the firm violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it required serves to perform “side work,” accounting for more than 20 percent of the servers’ shifts wile clocking in as tipped employees.
The lawsuit only represents one side of the claim.
The action was filed in a U.S. District Court in Tennessee, but any shift manager who has been subject to unfair wage practices could be compensated as a member of the class, according to the Telegraph.
The suit was filed by Gordon Jackson of Memphis.