Wendy’s Franchisee Sued for Alleged Minimum Wage Violations

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On August 23, 2016, a lawsuit was filed on behalf of crew members who work or worked for WendPartners Group and its affiliate organizations, alleging that the U.S.’s largest Wendy’s franchisee underpays its crew members by taking unlawful deductions from their wages.  WendPartners owns and operates 330 Wendy’s Restaurants in 20 states.

Among other claims, the plaintiff alleges that, even though he was paid minimum wage for all hours worked, WendPartners took deductions from his pay for their own benefit.  Specifically, the plaintiff alleges that the restaurant ordered non-slip shoes on crew members’ behalf, and deducted the cost of the shoes from the employees’ wages.  Additionally, the plaintiff alleges that he was paid on a debit card which charged him fees each time he used it to make a purchase or withdraw money.

Federal and state wage law requires employees to be paid at least minimum wage for all hours worked.  By taking deductions from their crew members’ pay for their own benefit, the plaintiff alleges that WendPartners has paid its crew members less than minimum wage for the hours they worked.

Read the Class Action Complaint here: Wendpartners Class Action Complaint.

If you earn at or close to minimum wage, and your employer takes deductions from your pay or requires you to cover expenses for their own benefit, call Kimble Law at (614) 983-0361, text us at (614) 636-0509, or complete the form below: