Food delivery service Waitr has been slapped with a lawsuit from former and current drivers claiming the Louisiana-based company paid them below the federal minimum wage. This is the second such lawsuit filed against Waitr in less than two months, according to the Daily Advertiser.
In the most recent lawsuit, a driver claims she received a net sum of about $1.97 an hour after deducting auto expenses. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Both lawsuits were filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, meaning workers can team up under one lawsuit against their employer.
In a statement, Waitr said its business is built on employing W-2 drivers, unlike other providers that use contractors. The company points out that it offers its drivers benefits and allows them to keep 100% of their tips. Waitr also claims that its compensation practices are in line with industry standards.