Pizza Hut franchisee accused of implausible practices, ex-employees denounce

The boss of a Pizza Hut franchisee finds himself before the Conseil des Prud’hommes de Paris. The conciliation hearing having failed, the case, involving multiple charges, was adjourned to 6 May. Contacted, neither the manager absent at the hearing and who in return accuses his employees of theft, nor his lawyer Me Bruce Aoudai wished to speak. “We have heard of the existence of reproaches formulated by several employees of this franchisee (…) If abuses or breaches of labor law prove to be correct, they are intolerable and we strongly condemn them”, reacted to from AFP the Pizza Hut brand, a subsidiary of the American group Yum! Brands.

It all started with a complaint to the police station from an assistant manager, who was then orally dismissed in March 2021, “outside of any procedure, without notice or compensation”, according to his lawyer Me Kevin Mention. “He did not pay overtime, did not respect rest days, placed me in partial activity to receive government aid and he even declared me against my will as manager in the legal announcements to hide his responsibilities” , says former assistant Ibrahima Traoré to AFP.

Nine other employees have also left the store and are suing him in court. Transmitted to AFP, the conclusions of the employees’ lawyer mention false pay slips to benefit from short-time working, specific aid fraud on the payment of paid leave, manipulations on the time clock so as not to pay overtime, declarations of unjustified absences.

The company also allegedly asked a Colombian employee to provide the identity of a Spanish friend to hire him, the prosecution said. This delivery man working more than 80 hours per week was paid 3 euros net per trip. “He showed us that in a snap of his fingers, he could replace us, assures Issak Mian, hired in 2013. He fired people with a simple message”.

Employees are also surprised by certain competitive practices of their boss who asked them to pose as employees of other restaurants in the neighborhood with delivery platforms in order to modify the opening hours of rival brands and recover their orders. , supports the plaintiffs’ lawyer in his conclusions.

Still according to Me Mention, the manager also went with a wifi jammer to his competitors in order to disrupt their order taking. And he would also have set up a system of false orders on the platforms in order to subsequently obtain reimbursement for these orders that allegedly did not arrive.

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