Wage Theft Claims Against HZ OPS Holding, Inc. dba Popeye’s

Wage Theft Lawsuit Against Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchens

At A Glance

  • This Alert Affects:

    Anyone who has worked for a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen location operated by HZ OPS Holding, Inc.

  • What’s Going On?

    Attorneys with Barkan Meizlish DeRose Wentz McInerney Peifer, LLP and Mangano Law Offices have filed a lawsuit against HZ Ops Holdings, Inc. DBA Popeye's.

  • How Could a Lawsuit Help?

    A lawsuit can help employees reclaim their unpaid wages.

  • What Can I Do?

    If you believe that you have been affected by these practices, send us an email at info@barkanmeizlish.com or call at 800-274-5297 for more information.

  • Can I Get Fired?

    No, you cannot be fired for speaking with an experienced Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage & Hour attorney.

All for a Sandwich?! Overworked and Underpaid—How one Popeye’s Franchise is robbing employees across America and subjecting employees to unfair labor practices

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen has been in the spotlight for the last several months—but not for the reason you’d think. With the unprecedented success of their chicken sandwich, re-introduced to the menu in November 2019, media has been buzzing with Popeye’s talk. However, something far more sinister has been brewing beneath the surface. Claims of wage theft and unfair labor practices in multiple states have been filed against HZ OPS Holding, Inc., a franchise with Popeye’s locations across the United States. The potential Popeye’s class action lawsuit affects current and former employees of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen locations operated by HZ OPS Holding, Inc.

Who is HZ OPS Holding, Inc.?

Based in Sugar Land, Texas, HZ OPS Holding, Inc., operates Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen locations in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Since 2016, several Wage and Hour citations have been filed against the corporation in various states across the country. These citations award various amounts of unpaid wages to affected employees ranging from $60 to upwards up $630.35. Lawsuits against Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen locations operated by HZ OPS Holding, Inc. may be relevant to you or someone you know who has been employed by one of these locations at any point in time.

I Worked for a HZ OPS Holding, Inc., Popeye’s Location and Think I Was Affected. What Do I Do?

While many claims have been resolved (read: paid out after a citation or lawsuit was filed), these claims are only the beginning. If you or someone you know worked for a Popeye’s location operated by HZ OPS Holding, Inc., and believe you were improperly paid, contact the Paycheck Warriors at Barkan Meizlish, LLP and/or our co-counsel at Mangano Law Offices. You may be eligible to join a Popeye’s class action lawsuit.

What is Wage Theft?

Any time an employer improperly pays their employees, it is considered wage theft. There is a broad number of ways that an employer can commit wage theft, ranging from not paying an employee on time, withholding overtime pay, or expecting employers to work off the clock. These are just some of the most common instances of wage theft. There are federal and state protections in place for employees to avoid this kind of mistreatment from their employers, namely the Fair Labor Standards Act and minimum wage laws. Popeye’s locations operated by HZ OPS Holding, Inc. have had multiple claims filed against them regarding wage theft issues such as those listed above.

What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA as it’s commonly referred to, sets out employment laws on a federal level. This act contains laws pertaining to employment law, such as how to calculate overtime pay and regulations regarding record keeping. The FLSA also sets out guidelines for exemptions based on a variety of factors, such as job title, pay rate, and duration of a position. When employers, such as HZ OPS Holding, Inc. operating Popeye’s locations, violate the FLSA, employees should speak up to regain their rightfully earned pay.

What is the Minimum Wage in my State?

Every state has a different minimum wage. Federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. To check your state’s minimum pay rate, you can consult this map.

Why Does this Matter? How am I Affected?

If you have been employed at a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen operated by HZ OPS Holding, Inc., and believe that you experienced any number of wage violations, you may be eligible to join a collective action against HZ OPS Holding, Inc. Send us an email or call us at 800-274-5297.

A copy of the complaint can be found here.

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