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Domino's Pizza: NY AG's Lawsuit Demeans Role of Small Business Owners

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman filed suit recently against franchisor Domino's Pizza [DMZ:NYSE] as a joint employer, saying, "We've found rampant wage violations at Domino's franchise stores. And, as our suit alleges, we've discovered that Domino's headquarters was intensely involved in store operations, and even caused many of these violations."

The franchisor took exception to Schneiderman's words and actions:

“(T)hose franchisees are solely responsible for the hiring, firing, and payment of their own employees, we (DPZ) had been working with the Attorney General’s office for quite some time – more than three years – to see what we could do to help our franchisees understand and comply with some of the many complex wage and hour laws that apply to their employment decisions,” said Jenny Fouracre, director of public relations for Domino’s.

Fouracre told Legal Newsline in an email that the lawsuit “disregards the nature of franchising and demeans the role of small business owners instead of focusing on solutions that could have actually helped the individuals those small businesses employ.” — Dawn Brotherton, Forbes

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