Employees at Dunkin Donuts locations on Long Island were cheated out of their wages, according to a lawsuit filed by the workers’ attorneys in New York Federal Court. According to the wage theft lawsuit, Dunkin Donuts workers at several Long Island stores routinely worked 70 – 90 hours a week, but were never paid for all the hours they worked. The workers were constantly subject to time shaving and routinely required to work off the clock, and therefore deprives of minimum wage and overtime pay required under the labor laws.
According to the wage theft lawsuit, Dunkin Donuts consistently failed to pay workers the number of hours recorded on their time cards. In addition, workers were ordered to work at other Dunkin Donuts stores when they completed their shifts and were forced to either not clock in there or clock in under former employees’ names. Employees were not paid for this work, sometimes as many as 30 extra hours a week. Furthermore, the Complaint contends that the two workers who filed the lawsuit were threatened when they complained to management about these illegal practices and were terminated in retaliation for filing a complaint with the Department of Labor.
The workers’ wage lawsuit alleges violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law. Attorneys for the workers are seeking lost wages, liquidated damages, penalties, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs.