Delivery drivers, assistant managers, and other non-exempt hourly employees are claiming that Sarpino’s Pizzeria failed to give them their share of the pizza pie, according to a recently filed class action.


The plaintiffs contend that the Illinois-based fast-food restaurant chain (also known as Marinov IM Empire, Inc.) routinely violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and the Illinois Wage Payment & Collection Act by withholding compensation.

Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that their employer: 

  • Paid them an hourly rate below the minimum wage, not including tips;
  • Failed to pay them overtime compensation at one-and-one-half times their regular hourly wage for time worked in excess of 40 hours per week;
  • Directed managers to clock the plaintiffs out of the timekeeping system before the conclusion of their scheduled shifts;
  • Failing to compensate plaintiffs for post-shift “off the clock” work;
  • Deducted a 20- to 30-cent credit card processing fee from each credit card tip collected by delivery drivers;
  • Failed to reimburse delivery drivers for auto-related gasoline, insurance, and depreciation expense for the personal vehicles the company required them to use when delivering pizza and food items, which constitutes an illegal “kickback” to the company.

If you worked at Sarpino’s Pizzeria in an hourly non-exempt position at any time during the last three years and feel you were the victim of wage theft, now is the time to step forward!

The attorneys in Sommers Schwartz Employment Litigation Group are currently interviewing workers who believe they were denied wages and overtime about their right to compensation and money damages. Please contact us today to discuss your situation.

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