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    DUNKIN’ SUES FRANCHISEES OVER EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION E-Verify

    DUNKIN’ SUES FRANCHISEES OVER EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION

    The franchisor has filed at least three recent lawsuits accusing operators of not properly vetting worker eligibility.By Jonathan Maze on Jun. 26, 2019

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    Dunkin’ sued several franchisees in federal court this week, seeking to get them to stop running their restaurants after their agreements were terminated over failure to properly determine their employees’ eligibility to work in the U.S.

    The lawsuit, against operators of nine locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania, comes amid what appears to be a crackdown on franchisees employment verification practices.


    The Canton, Mass.-based coffee and doughnut franchise has filed at least three lawsuits in federal court against numerous franchisees in recent months, arguing in each case that the operators failed to properly vet workers’ employment eligibility.


    The franchisees operate more than two-dozen restaurants, representing a significant uptick in terminations by a franchise system that had enjoyed generally good relationships between the franchisor and its operators in recent years.

    A Dunkin’ Brands spokesman said the company does not comment on pending litigation.


    Each of the lawsuits is similar. They each said that Dunkin’ reviewed employment verification documents and practices, found violations at the subject franchisee companies, terminated the operators’ franchise agreements and then swiftly moved to remove the franchisees from the restaurants.


    The company sued franchisees of five locations in Delaware in September 2018, for instance, alleging violations of employment law following the review. Dunkin’ in that lawsuit said its review followed a “customer complaint.”


    The franchisees in that case filed a counterclaim against the franchisor, arguing that Dunkin’ terminated the locations “without compensation, and without affording any opportunity” to correct the violations.


    The counterclaim accuses Dunkin’ of trying to take over stores and then resell them at a profit without providing the operator with compensation. Dunkin’ has denied the allegations in its response.


    Dunkin’ Brands also sued several Dunkin’ and Baskin-Robbins operators in Virginia and New Jersey in April.


    Franchisors will frequently file lawsuits against franchisees to get them to stop operating stores following terminations over violations of their franchise agreements. Dunkin’ Brands in previous years had been no exception.


    But more recently, it has not actually terminated many franchisees—only eight stores have been terminated in each of the past two years, based on information from Dunkin’s most recent franchise disclosure document.


    The company has over the years periodically taken a hard line against operators that allegedly hire people who do not have the right to work in the U.S. That hard line dates back to at least 2006 and featured lawsuits against franchisees in 2007.


    According to Dunkin’s complaint this week, it reviewed franchisees’ employment and tax records between January 2017 and October 2018.


    The lawsuit accuses the franchisees of the Delaware and Pennsylvania locations of “pervasive noncompliance” with federal employment law.


    The company said there was “no employment documentation or incomplete documentation for a substantial portion of the employees’ files.” The company said franchisees frequently failed to use E-Verify to determine employees’ eligibility to work in the U.S., or only did so after being notified of the franchisor’s investigation.


    Dunkin’ also accuses the franchisees of keeping accurate business records and providing misleading or inaccurate information to investigators.


    The company said that it terminated the restaurants’ franchise agreements last week, based on the results of the investigation. It sued the franchisees four days later, saying that the franchisees continue to operate their stores.

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    PROTESTERS COMPLAIN ABOUT DUNKIN' DONUTS USE OF E-VERIFY ...
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    Apr 29, 2008 - This looks like a first. Protesters in New York City rallied against Dunkin' Donuts use of the federal electronic employment verification system...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2 View Post
    PROTESTERS COMPLAIN ABOUT DUNKIN' DONUTS USE OF E-VERIFY ...
    www.visalaw.com › Blog

    Apr 29, 2008 - This looks like a first. Protesters in New York City rallied against Dunkin' Donuts use of the federal electronic employment verification system...
    This is absurd and outrageous. People protesting a business that refuses to break the law and employ people who are in this country illegally? Do we live in some kind of parallel universe that I'm not aware of?
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    This post made the news at Daily Caller! Good work team!

    Dunkin' dumps store owners for hiring undocumented workers
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    Dunkin' lawsuit claims Chester County franchise, 8 others didn't verify employees' legal work status

    The Massachusetts-based coffee-and-donut giant allegedly found 'pervasive violations of federal law'

    BY ADAM HERMANN
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    This Dunkin' Donuts in Kennett Township, Chester County, is one of nine named in a new lawsuit filed by Dunkin' claiming franchisees didn't properly verify the legal work status of employees.

    A lawsuit filed last week by Dunkin' Donuts claims nine franchises, including two in Pennsylvania and six in Delaware, tarnished the company's image by failing to verify whether employees at the restaurants were authorized to work in the United States.

    The lawsuit is filed against nine Dunkin' franchises, and claims a review of the franchisees' employment and tax records showed the defendants "committing pervasive violations of federal law".


    A Dunkin' store in Kennett Township, Chester County, along with eight other locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Massachusetts are listed as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

    Dunkin's review of the franchisees' records allegedly found "no employment documentation or incomplete documentation" for a "substantial portion" of the reviewed employee files from the franchisees in question.


    The franchisees also failed in numerous instances to use E-Verify, a system that allows employers to confirm the eligibility of employees to work in the United States, according to the lawsuit.


    According to Law360, Dunkin' served the Pennsylvania and Delaware businesses with a notice of default and termination, which terminates the company's agreements with the franchisees. The notice terminates the agreements with Pennsylvania franchisees immediately, according to Law360, while the Delaware agreements will be terminated in 90 days.


    Dunkin' told Law360 it doesn't comment on pending litigation.


    According to Restaurant Business Online, Dunkin' has filed at least two other similar lawsuits against franchisees in recent months.


    https://www.phillyvoice.com/dunkin-lawsuit-employees-illegal-work-status-united-states-pennsylvania-delaware-chester-county/
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