On September 28, 2023, a Papa John’s employee filed suit against the Heritage Partners’ Group, a large franchise operator of Papa John’s stores. The lawsuit is called Mighell v. HPG Pizza, et al.
Heritage Partners’ Group, or “HPG,” operates several Papa John’s in Colorado and possibly elsewhere. The plaintiff, a former Papa John’s delivery driver, seeks to represent all the HPG Pizza delivery drivers in federal court for unpaid wages. Plaintiff claims that the company broke the law by underpaying their delivery drivers for automobile expenses.
Like many similar pizza delivery drivers around the country, the plaintiff argues that he and other drivers should have been reimbursed for his vehicle expenses at the IRS standard business mileage rate, which is currently $.67 per mile. Plaintiff argues the delivery drivers are entitled to this reimbursement rate because Heritage Partners’ Group did not keep records of or reimburse their delivery drivers based on the drivers’ actual expenses. Because of this underpayment, the plaintiff claims that his and the other delivery drivers’ effective wages fell below minimum wage.
If you are a delivery driver who has worked at this or any other pizza company around the country, contact our firm to find out if you might be owed unreimbursed expenses. Give us a call at (513) 202-0710 or fill out the form below for a free consultation.
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