This lawsuit has been brought by Jeremy Southerland against Pirate Pizza, Inc. and owner Allen Lyle. The company presently operates three Domino’s Pizza franchises in North Carolina. The lawsuit is alleging that the company uses flawed methods of reimbursement for pizza driver mileages. Additionally, delivery drivers are using personal vehicles to deliver food to customers and are responsible for the costs accrued. These costs are usually gasoline, maintenance and repairs, insurance, and depreciation. Consequently, delivery drivers are not left with much. These rates fall below any reasonable estimate of the expenses the pizza drivers incur. This is causing their wages to fall below the federal minimum wage. Additionally, the IRS increased the mileage rate to 62.5 cent per mile through December 2022. This comes as a response to rising gas prices.
The case is called Southerland v. Pirate Pizza, Inc. et al, pending in Federal Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
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