Pizza Hut franchisee faces class action

NPC International defends position as judge clears way for delivery driver claims

A federal judge has cleared the way for 20,000-plus pizza delivery drivers for NPC International Inc., to join a class-action suit alleging minimum wage violations against Pizza Hut’s largest franchisee.

The lawsuit claims Overland Park, Kan.-based NPC violated federal and state wage-and-hour laws by failing to reimburse delivery drivers adequately for vehicle expenses, causing their wages to fall below the federal and state minimum wages.

NPC issued a statement Tuesday,

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