Domino's Pizza Delivery Man Robbed, Then Fired, Now Suing Fast-Food Chain

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The next time you order a Domino's pizza, pity your humble delivery man. It's a precarious and potentially deadly world out there for your average door-to-door pie slinger. Take Francisco Prieto. The then-66-year-old Domino's employee was sent on a run to Liberty City around midnight in October 2010. No sooner had he handed over his cardboard cargo than three men jumped him.

Now Prieto is suing Domino's, claiming his former employer cruelly denied him workers' compensation for his injuries from that night and then unlawfully fired him.

A Domino's spokesman did not respond to Riptide's request for comment. Nor did Prieto return a message left on his phone.

Prieto had worked for Domino's for 21 years by the time he was sent from Little Havana to Allapattah late one night in October 2010 to deliver some pizzas. When he arrived around midnight, he noticed three young black men riding around nearby on bicycles, he later told police. But Prieto delivered the food to the house anyway and then walked toward his car.

Suddenly, the three men "rushed him," according to a police report. One pulled out a silver revolver and pistol-whipped Prieto in the face. Then the man put the gun to Prieto's head and demanded money. The delivery man handed over $37.98 as well his cell phone and beeper.

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According to the report, the sexagenarian then "lumbered to his vehicle," at which point another one of the men pulled out a pistol and demanded the contents of Prieto's other pocket. When he showed him that it was empty, the teenagers finally let the old man go.

Prieto had bruises and abrasions on his face and had to be treated by an EMT, according to police. In his lawsuit, the delivery man claims the assailants injured his face, mouth, neck, left arm, left ankle, and back.

But his problems were just beginning. According to his lawsuit, Prieto's bosses at Domino's denied him workers' compensation. Instead, they fired him five months later. Even then, he wasn't aware the fast-food mega-chain had dismissed him until a mediation meeting this past January.

Domino's "retaliated against [Prieto] for his filing of a valid workers' compensation claim," the lawsuit says. In addition to "compensatory damages for pain, suffering, and humiliation," Prieto is also seeking retirement benefits.

Sounds like he has earned them. Prieto's case is in Miami-Dade County Court.



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denver workers comp attorney
denver workers comp attorney

 If you are riding a high performance motorcycle, you had better have excellent insurance or a Denver injury attorney on speed dial. Supersport and sport motorcycles have racing engines and frames that will easily take your bike beyond the limits of control. Supersports are just street-legal racers. Many young riders take these bikes up to insane highway speeds. The sport motorcycles are only a step down and the death rate of riders of supersport and sport motorcycles is much higher than for other bikes. Drivers tend to be young and reckless.

denver workers comp attorney
denver workers comp attorney

 If you are riding a high performance motorcycle, you had better have excellent insurance or a Denver injury attorney on speed dial. Supersport and sport motorcycles have racing engines and frames that will easily take your bike beyond the limits of control. Supersports are just street-legal racers. Many young riders take these bikes up to insane highway speeds. The sport motorcycles are only a step down and the death rate of riders of supersport and sport motorcycles is much higher than for other bikes. Drivers tend to be young and reckless.

denver workers comp attorney
denver workers comp attorney

 Now we have reached the dead-zone of Colorado personal injury liability - Speeding and Alcohol. If you were involved in a motorcycle crash involving speeding or alcohol, you will probably be liable for any dangerous Denver motorcycle accidents. Speeding and alcohol will never receive good treatment from the judge or law enforcement because this is the primary preventable cause of most accidents.

denver workers comp attorney
denver workers comp attorney

 Now we have reached the dead-zone of Colorado personal injury liability - Speeding and Alcohol. If you were involved in a motorcycle crash involving speeding or alcohol, you will probably be liable for any dangerous Denver motorcycle accidents. Speeding and alcohol will never receive good treatment from the judge or law enforcement because this is the primary preventable cause of most accidents.

Queef34
Queef34

The Plaintiff is being represented by Richard Zaldivar,P.A. They are the the top retaliatory discharge firm in Miami. Not looking good for Dominos.

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colorado disability lawyer

 In this part of the letter, the victim should provide a detailed description of the pain, injuries and treatments he needed to undergo. Any indication of long-term effects such as disfigurement, disability or permanent soreness could increase the amount of compensation significantly. Thus, a person who has been injured in the Denver area should make sure that a motorcycle accident lawyer in Denver has thoroughly reviewed his claim before pursuing it with the insurance company.

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Vas4u2c

Another example of Corporate thieves always trying to get away with robbing the poor!

MSol
MSol

I've come to expect bad writing/grammar/typos from Kyle, but come on, Miller... I thought you were better =/

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Damn

omg wat 

MrChe
MrChe

I Agree.... we all know Kyle Magic writing.. but Mr Miller?

mm2kay
mm2kay

I know right? Beeper? 

Michael Miller
Michael Miller

Point out the typos and we'll fix them, Mrs. Strunk & White.

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