Delivery Drivers Sue Alexa Enterprises Papa John's Franchise for Mileage Under-Reimbursement
Updated: Mar 17
On January 15, 2021, Biller & Kimble, LLC filed a lawsuit on behalf of delivery drivers who work for the Alexa Enterprises Papa John’s franchisees operating in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio area. The drivers’ case seeks to cover all pizza delivery drivers who worked for the Alexa Enterprises Papa John’s franchisee over the last five years.
Under-reimbursed automobile expenses
The drivers allege that they were under-reimbursed for their mileage or vehicle expenses (like gas, wear and tear, depreciation, insurance, etc.). The drivers claim that, for some of the time, the company reimbursed mileage at a flat rate per delivery and, later, the company paid a per mile rate. Either way, the drivers allege that the company paid less than the legally-required amount. The plaintiffs seek reimbursement of expenses at the IRS mileage reimbursement rate and additional damages.
“Off the Clock” claims
The drivers also allege that Alexa Enterprises Papa John’s stores have a practice of “clocking out” delivery drivers early to make deliveries. They allege that they are close to minimum wage inside the store, but a lower “tipped” minimum wage when making deliveries. However, plaintiffs allege that Alexa Enterprises’ managers “clock out” delivery drivers to their lower “tipped” wage even while they’re still inside the store completing non-tipped tasks. They seek full minimum wage for this time, as well as additional damages.
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