City enters settlement agreements with Pizza Hut, Potbelly to pay workers $53,000 owed under sick and safe time ordinance

 

 The City of Minneapolis has entered into two settlement agreements with two fast food restaurants to pay workers $53,425 for violations of the City’s sick and safe time ordinance. 

Investigations by the City’s Labor Standards Enforcement Division found apparent violations of the ordinance at Pizza Hut, 1101 Hennepin Ave., and Potbelly in the IDS Center, 80 S. 8th St., after discovering no employees at either restaurant were paid for sick leave time in 2019.

Muy Pizza Minnesota LLC has agreed to pay 43 former and current employees $33,630 under terms of its settlement with the City. Potbelly Sandwich Works LLC has agreed to pay 57 former and current employees $19,795.

Under the City’s sick and safe time ordinance, employers with six or more workers are required to provide time off at a minimum threshold of at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Employers with five or fewer workers must also provide sick time, but it may be unpaid. The goal of the ordinance is to protect public health and prevent workers from being penalized because of illness or a need to care for a sick family member.

The City’s Labor Standards Enforcement Division also oversees the City’s minimum wage ordinance. It will soon enforce the new Minneapolis wage theft prevention ordinance, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2020 and provides workers in Minneapolis an additional avenue to recover unpaid wages through City enforcement.

In 2019, 1,847 workers have gained access to sick and safe time benefits and the Minneapolis minimum wage as a result of labor standards investigations conducted by the City. Learn more at minneapolismn.gov/laborenforcement.

 

Published Dec 18, 2019

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