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Papa John’s Driver sues Franchisee in New Mexico and Texas for Unpaid Wages

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On March 23, 2023, a pizza delivery driver at a Papa John’s in Albuquerque, New Mexico filed a class action lawsuit against his former employers, Working Better Together LLC and Sameer Merchant, for unpaid wages. This lawsuit is named Tafoya v. Working Better Together LLC.

The plaintiff seeks to represent all pizza delivery drivers who work or worked at Working Better Together. The plaintiff claims that Merchant and the Company broke the law because he believes they failed to properly reimburse the drivers for their automobile expenses.

Specifically, plaintiff argues that the drivers should have been reimbursed for their vehicle expenses at the IRS standard business mileage rate, which is currently $.655 per mile.

The Defendants operate Papa John’s stores in New Mexico.

Unfortunately, the Company’s practices are not uncommon. Nearly every food delivery company pays their drivers in a similar way. The drivers have to provide a car for work, pay for all expenses related to the car, and take on the risk of the car being damaged (or themselves being hurt!) during the course of their employment. The companies are, in effect, receiving an interest free loan that covers one of their biggest business expenses. In return, they often pay the drivers back at about half the IRS rate.

Our firm is trying to put a stop to this practice. This is one of dozens of cases our firm has filed across the country seeking to recover unpaid vehicle expenses for delivery drivers.

You can learn about some of our other active cases here.

You can read about the theory of the case here.

You can read about some of our victories here.

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. We can explain the process you can go through to get those expenses back. Give us a call at (513) 202-0710 or fill out the form below for a free consultation.

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Past results obtained by Biller & Kimble, LLC are no guarantee of future results. Each case or matter is different and must be judged on its own merits.