A Papa John’s franchisee has been sentenced to jail in addition to having to pay more than $500,000 in damages and restitution for not paying workers minimum wage and falsifying documents.
Abdul Jamil Khokhar owns nine Papa John’s Pizza locations in New York City. He recently pled guilty to not complying with the state’s labor laws and filing false business records, according to Fortune.
Instead of paying employees the correct minimum overtime wages according to the law, he paid them the minimum wage rate that they would receive for working regular hours.
His evil (yet genius) plan extended even further when he hid his illegal activities by creating false identities under which he filed employees’ overtime to make it appear as though the hours were distributed amongst more people.
More than 300 people were affected by Khokhar’s scam, according to Fortune.
“My office will do everything in its power to protect the rights of New York’s workers and make sure that all employers — including fast food restaurants — follow the law,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reportedly said in a statement.
Khokhar has been required to pay $230,000 in damages, $50,000 in civil monetary penalties, an additional $230,000 in back pay and spend 60 days in jail. (Whew! That’s a lot of money!)
This all could have been avoided had Khokhar just done the right thing in the first place. As the old saying goes, "What's done in the dark will always come out in the light."
The news of Khokhar's sentencing comes almost a week after "Fight For $15 Day" on Nov. 10 — a national day of action demanding better wages for fast food workers and minimum wage employees.
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