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Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — AT&T has good news for its prepaid customers. The company announced Wednesday that GoPhone users are about to receive an extra gigabyte of high-speed data.

Under the new changes, the $45 option will be good for 3 gigabytes of data, while the $60 option will give customers 6 gigabytes. The wireless carrier says the extra data will come at no extra charge to new and existing prepaid customers.

The changes take effect Friday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some of the most historical and consequential anti-slavery documents in U.S. history -- signed by President Abraham Lincoln -- fetched millions at auction.

Copies of both the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment sold for a total of more than $4 million by auction house Sotheby's on Wednesday.


Our 'Two Centuries of American History' totaled $6.2 million, led by two documents signed by President Lincoln

— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) May 25, 2016


Sotheby's initially hoped the documents signed by the 16th president would fetch $5 million at auction.

The 13th Amendment, which sold for $2.4 million, was one of the 14 copies signed by Lincoln Feb. 1, 1865, according to Sotheby's. It's also one of three "Senate copies" that are signed by the vice president and 36 senators.

The amendment abolished slavery, stating that "neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist with the United States."


Our 'Two Centuries of American History' totaled $6.2 million, led by two documents signed by President Lincoln

— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) May 25, 2016


The amendment was ratified in December 1865, roughly six months after the Civil War ended. But Lincoln was assassinated in April and didn't live long enough to actually see the enacted into law.

Sotheby's copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, a limited edition print, sold for $2.17 million by a telephone bidder. It was not an original, even though it was signed by Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward.


#AuctionUpdate One of three ‘Senate’ copies, the 13th Amendment signed by President Lincoln achieves $2.4 million

— Sotheby's (@Sothebys) May 25, 2016


The document is one of 27 surviving copies of the original 48, according to Sotheby's.

Lincoln signed the original Emancipation Proclamation Jan. 1, 1863, the third year of the Civil War, declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the Confederacy "are, and henceforward shall be free."

The proclamation allowed liberated slaves to serve in the Union Army and Navy.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims slumped lower last week, decreasing by 10,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

For the week ending May 21, the number of people filing for benefits fell to 268,000. The previous week, claims stood at an unrevised level of 278,000.

The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.

The four-week moving average, however, increased by 2,750, to 278,500.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BRILLION, Wis.) -- An Islamic advocacy group representing former Muslim employees at a Wisconsin equipment company filed a discrimination complaint against the firm Tuesday because employees can no longer take prayer breaks at times that are in accordance with their religion. A letter accompanying the complaint claims employees were discriminated and retaliated against on the basis of their religion, national origin and race.

According to the letter, Ariens Co., which manufactures snowblowers and lawn tractors in Brillion, Wisconsin, used to allow Muslim employees to take prayer breaks one at a time after notifying and receiving permission from a supervisor. Employees say they had been able to take those breaks at the traditional times for Muslims. However, the employees claim the company began enforcing a new policy beginning on Jan. 25 that permitted only two pre-determined 10-minute breaks per work shift with no additional accommodations for prayer outside of those break times. Dozens of Somali Muslim employees at the company have protested the new break policy, and 15 of them are now represented by attorneys at the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, which submitted the charges of discrimination with the Milwaukee office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Dozens of Somali Muslim employees at the company have protested the new break policy, and 15 of them are now represented by attorneys at the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, which submitted the charges of discrimination with the Milwaukee office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“These individuals had direct and personal conversations with management in which they stated that they wanted to continue their employment with Ariens, but felt that they were no longer welcome and being forced out because of the company’s new policy,” CAIR wrote in a letter that accompanied its religious discrimination complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination based on religion and requires employers to accommodate religious beliefs. In keeping with their Islamic faith, practicing Muslims pray five times each day. But Ariens management allegedly threatened to fire those employees who continued to pray beyond the scheduled breaks or who had requested an accommodation to pray. Seven Muslim employees were let go earlier this year, while 14 others resigned over the dispute.

“The outright refusal to entertain, discuss, or offer any reasonable religious accommodation options that would resolve the alleged workplace conflict is unacceptable and inconsistent with prevailing Title VII law and EEOC guidelines,” CAIR said in the letter.

Maha Sayed, an attorney for the Washington, D.C., based organization, said it could take several months for federal officials to investigate the employees’ claims. The EEOC could also offer to mediate the dispute during the investigation, or the two parties could voluntarily settle it the claim.

“If the EEOC concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that discrimination occurred, it may decide to litigate the case itself in federal court or issue the charging party a Notice of Right to Sue letter, which allows the party to file a federal lawsuit within 90 days,” Sayed told ABC News in an email Wednesday.

Ariens Co. spokesperson Ann Stilp said the complaint was “disappointing news.”

“We have had Muslim employees working for the company for nine years. We currently have more than 27 Muslim employees who continue to work here and we continue to accommodate them with prayer rooms,” Stilp told ABC News in a statement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocks closed higher for the second day in a row Wednesday following a jump in oil prices on a crude inventories decline.

The Dow soared 145.46 ( 0.82 percent) to close at 17,851.51.

The Nasdaq increased 33.84 ( 0.70 percent) to finish at 4,894.89, while the S&P gained 14.48 ( 0.70 percent) to close at 2,090.54.

Crude oil climbed 2.12 percent, with prices reaching $49.65 a barrel.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While Nigerian soldiers battle Boko Haram militants in the north, a new, radical group of vigilantes has emerged from the southern swamplands threatening to wage war one of the world's largest oil supplies.

The group calls itself the "Niger Delta Avengers" and it has claimed responsibility for a spate of recent attacks and bombings on oil pipelines and terminals in Nigeria's southern region, the Niger Delta -- a top oil-producing region in sub-Saharan Africa and the world.

They have successfully targeted major platforms belonging to Shell and Chevron in the past few weeks, and their attacks have driven the country’s oil output to a near 22-year low.

Not much is known about who is behind the Niger Delta Avengers. But the militants are making their mark on Nigeria’s southern infrastructure, and there are calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to take steps to prevent the militant group from growing.

“The Niger Delta Avengers have obviously proven themselves to be very effective in this one area of Niger Delta,” said Matthew Bey, an Africa energy analyst at Stratfor, a geopolitical intelligence firm based in Austin, Texas. “It seems to be a new generation of militant groups.”


The Niger Delta Avengers first emerged in February, after claiming responsibility for the attack on an underwater pipeline run by Shell, forcing the oil giant to halt its 250,000 barrels-per-day Forcados terminal for weeks. The militant group has since taken responsibility for several other attacks in the southern Delta state, including one earlier this month at a an offshore oil platform run by Chevron, which produces tens of thousands of barrels a day.

The attacks showed a level of sophistication and technical expertise, raising speculation that the new group is actually comprised of ex-militants from a long-running and powerful rebel group that was called the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).

“It’s hard to say whether these guys are former militants, but they’re definitely tapping into the established knowledge base,” Bey told ABC News.

MEND wreaked havoc on the six states that make up the Niger Delta from 2006 to 2009, costing the nation roughly one-third of its oil production, until then-President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua offered a multi-million dollar amnesty program that had thousands of rebels agree to lay down their arms in exchange for an unconditional pardon and stipend.


Like MEND, the Niger Delta Avengers demand greater ownership of lucrative oil resources for residents in crude-producing areas. The group also seeks environmental restoration, compensation for damages caused by oil producers and sustained government funding for the amnesty program. The group has threatened to completely shut down the West African nation’s production of oil and gas if its demands are not met.

The Niger Delta Avengers’ attacks on the region have led to Nigeria’s oil output plummeting by nearly 40 percent, the country’s oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said while addressing parliament last week, according to Reuters. The loss dethroned Nigeria as Africa’s top oil producer.

Another group called the Red Egbesu Water Lions that emerged last Wednesday has vowed to join the Niger Delta Avengers if their demands were not met within the next seven days, local media reported.

MEND, on the other hand, has distanced itself from the Niger Delta Avengers and the recent attacks on the region’s oil installations. In a statement reportedly signed by its spokesperson and published by local media, the group said Sunday it “wishes to condemn and dissociate itself from the recent activities carried out by the group known as the 'Niger Delta Avengers.'”

“Their sudden emergence has absolutely nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle but is rather a tool by certain elements to destabilize the current government,” MEND continued.

MEND’s condemnation of the Niger Delta Avengers came as no surprise to Akin Iwilade, a research student at Oxford University who studies youth, violence and the politics of amnesty in Nigeria’s oil-producing region. The newly formed group threatens to disrupt the profitable amnesty deal the former militants currently enjoy.

“The top leadership of MEND benefited from the patronage that came with the amnesty,” said Iwilade, who has spoken with a number of ex-oil militants in recent years. “It is very logical and, frankly, expected, that they would condemn a group they obviously have little control over.”


Buhari, who took office in May last year, extended the amnesty program for another two years in February, shortly before the Niger Delta Avengers announced themselves. But the former military ruler, who hails from the north, angered former oil rebels by ending generous pipeline security contracts and reducing the monthly stipends. Now, Buhari is faced with the possibility of a revived rebel insurgency in the south while fighting Islamic militant group Boko Haram, which has killed and displaced millions in the past seven years, in the north.

“It is difficult to imagine that ex-militants have no hand whatsoever in this,” Iwilade told ABC News. “There are very clear similarities in the way the Niger Delta Avengers operates with what we knew of groups like MEND.”

While there are parallels between the two groups, such as language and style of attacks, there are several differences. The Niger Delta Avengers has criticized MEND and other older groups for killing Nigerian troops, taking foreigners hostage and allegedly enriching themselves through the amnesty payments.

The newly formed Niger Delta Avengers have not yet shown whether they will wield the same political influence that helped MEND become the most powerful militant group in its time.

“If we see start to see that link then, yes, we could definitely see this insurgency rise,” Bey of Stratfor said.

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Netflix(BRUSSELS) -- Netflix and other on-demand video services could be subject to a quota requiring them to ensure at least 20 percent of their content is European and is prominently featured, according to a new proposal posted online Wednesday by the European Commission.

The proposal was made to address the "ever-increasing convergence between television and services distributed via the internet," according to a document posted online.

"The way we watch TV or videos may have changed, but our values don't," Günther H. Oettinger, commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said in a statement. "We also want to ensure a level-playing field, responsible behavior, trust and fairness in the online platforms environment."

If the proposed changes are enacted, member countries could be allowed to ask on-demand providers to invest in European productions.

"Our members around the world love European programming, that’s why our investment in European programming, including Netflix original titles created in Europe, is growing," a Netflix representative told ABC News in an email Wednesday. "We appreciate the Commission's objective to have European production flourish, however the proposed measures won't actually achieve that."

A survey conducted last year by the European Audiovisual Observatory -- a public service group created in 1992 to collect and distribute information about the audiovisual industries in Europe -- found that Netflix and iTunes already meet the proposed quota, with 21 percent of European content in their respective catalogs. The European Commission is also proposing providers give more visibility to European content by indicating the country where a film was made or providing the ability to search for European content.

Netflix expanded from 60 countries to 130 more countries at the start of this year. By widening its global footprint, Netflix now offers its content in nearly every country on Earth, with China being one of the notable exceptions.
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Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft announced Wednesday it is slashing 1,850 jobs in its mobile division as the company seeks to streamline operations following an announcement earlier this month it was selling the Nokia brand.

As many as 1,350 of the jobs being cut are in Microsoft's mobile division in Finland, according to a statement from the company. An additional 500 positions are expected to be cut globally.

"We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation -- with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum capability, and consumers who value the same," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. "We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms."

Microsoft closed its more than $7 billion acquisition of Finnish mobile company Nokia in 2014 and has since produced low-end handsets geared toward emerging markets. However, the deal never seemed to provide the much-needed fuel for Microsoft to catch Apple and Google, who both lead the market with their iOS and Android devices.

Microsoft announced earlier this month that it is selling a part of its phone business, which includes licensing of the Nokia brand, for $350 million, positioning the Finnish mobile company for a potential comeback.

The sale includes Microsoft's "entry-level feature phone assets," including brands, software and services, customer contracts and supply agreements to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, and HMD Global, a company based in Finland, according to an announcement on the company's website.

"Feature phones" are basic phones that focus on text and voice calling as opposed to smartphones that have expanded capabilities.

The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2016 and will include the transfer of as many as 4,500 employees to both companies, the announcement said.

It's been widely speculated Microsoft could build on the success of its convertible Surface tablets and leverage that product line to create a high-end Surface phone in the next year.

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Ford Motor Company(DEARBORN, Mich.) -- Ford is recalling approximately 271,000 F-150 pickup trucks in North America to address a brake issue.

The recall affects vehicles from model years 2013 to 2014 that are equipped with 3.5-liter GTDI engines. The automaker says the brake effectiveness in these pickups "could be reduced due to brake fluid leaking from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster, increasing the risk of a crash."

Ford says it is aware of nine alleged crashes involving the issue, none of which have resulted in any injuries.

Affected customers will be notified and will be able to get their brake master cylinder replaced for free at their local dealer.

"Additionally, dealers will replace the brake booster if they find leaks from the brake master cylinder," Ford said in a press release.

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McDonald's(CHICAGO) — Fight for 15 is staging another round of massive demonstrations Wednesday.

The group calling for a minimum wage increase to $15 will super-size their protests at McDonald’s. Fight for 15 protesters will start at the flagship restaurant in Chicago, then head to a massive demonstration at the McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.

The group says as many as 10,000 fast food workers and union backers will rally at the McDonald’s campus Wednesday evening, with another demonstration Thursday morning to take place ahead of the fast food giant’s shareholders meeting.

More than 130 demonstrators were arrested during a similar protest in 2014.

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Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Doorbells equipped with video cameras are on homes across the country.

The commercial for Ring says the doorbell allows homeowners to see and speak to whomever is at their front door from their smartphone.

ABC News' Good Morning America Investigates tried two video doorbells –- from Ring and its main competitor, SkyBell -- to see how well they worked.

Both products have motion detectors that trigger a camera to record movement and send an alert –- even if someone doesn’t actually ring the doorbell.

First, GMA checked to see how well the doorbells allowed you to communicate with someone. Each doorbell was installed in the same home in Leonia, New Jersey. GMA arranged for two package deliveries for each doorbell.

GMA was able to talk to the delivery persons from far away using both Ring and SkyBell’s HD version.

Next, GMA checked to see whether the video doorbells could really help to identify a would-be package thief by asking staffers to take the packages. GMA also installed traditional surveillance cameras to compare the video.

Ring notified GMA both times -- but when the pretend thief moved quickly, only a side view of his face was captured.

SkyBell didn’t send an alert for the first pretend thief, who moved very quickly. There was also no video recording. The second “thief” was slower. An alert was sent, but the recording only captured the side of her face and her back -- making it hard to identify her.

GMA showed the video to Glenn Bard, a digital forensics expert who advises law enforcement.

“I would want to have it so it catches her as she’s walking up,” Bard said.

But when it came to night vision, both video doorbells outperformed the traditional security cameras that GMA had installed.

ABC's Linzie Janis spoke to both companies about GMA’s findings.

“On one occasion we had someone take a package off of the stoop, we didn’t get a good look at their face,” she told inventor Jamie Siminoff, the CEO of Ring, who replied: “Sometimes Wi-Fi and not having a great signal to that area can cause things like slight delays. And so we do work with our customers so we capture great face shots of everyone coming up.”

Andrew Thomas, SkyBell’s co-founder, said: “The software of the SkyBell you tested is actually set to trigger an alert for motion that happens for ten seconds or more.”

SkyBell said it has since changed its alert system so that it works immediately.

Both doorbells cost around $200. GMA tested the Ring -- not the Ring Pro, which came out earlier this month. The Ring Pro is more expensive and has upgraded features.

Asked whether consumer security products such as video doorbells are worth having, Bard replied: “They are ... Just this itself cannot be the end-all, be-all solution.”

For best results, make sure your Wi-Fi is strong and move your router closer to the door. Bard said users need to continually monitor these devices to get the most benefit from them.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street rallied Tuesday after investors appeared to settle on rumors of a possible rate hike this summer.

The Dow soared 213.12 ( 1.22 percent) to close at 17,706.05 for its biggest one-day gain in weeks.

The Nasdaq jumped 95.27 ( 2.00 percent) to finish at 4,861.06, while the S&P gained 28.02 ( 1.37 percent) to close at 2,076.06.

Crude oil jumped nearly 2 percent, with prices hitting about $49 a barrel.

Federal Reserve: More rumblings from Fed officials about an interest rate hike this summer. Late Monday, Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker echoed previous comments about the Federal Reserve raising rates more than once in 2016, saying he could "easily" see it happen. John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, also said Monday that "the economy could withstand a rate hike."

Home Sales: Good news for home sales as they climbed about 17 percent last month, the fastest gain in more than eight years. According to the Commerce Department, the median price for a new home also rose to a record $321,100 in April, up nearly 10 percent from 2015. The higher prices could mean more trouble for first-time buyers, since according to a new report from the Pew Institute, nearly one-third of all millenials (ages 18-34) still live with their parents.

Winners and Losers: Under Armour's stock was up nearly 3 percent after the athletic-wear company announced an endorsement deal with the University of California, Los Angeles. The $280 million agreement will have UCLA's athletes wearing Under Armour for 15 years.

DSW Inc. tumbled nearly 12 percent after the discount shoe retailer missed Wall Street expectations for profit and revenue in its first-quarter financial results, and cut its full year guidance.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sports Authority is set to begin its liquidation sale, after the sporting goods retailer detailed in court documents its plan to shutter all 463 of its stores after a failed attempt last month to find a bidder.

The 29-year-old sports retailer, which is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, had hoped to reorganize under bankruptcy protection and close about 140 of its stores. Instead, the company will work with liquidators who will oversee the company's going-out-of-business sales.

"The sporting goods industry is a hypercompetitive industry, and we're never happy when someone goes out of business," said Katie Nemec, the director of marketing and communications for the National Sporting Goods Association.

If you're a Sports Authority shopper — or just looking for a good deal — here's a quick rundown of what you need to know.


Sports Authority will kick off its going-out-of-business sales "on or about" this Wednesday, according to court documents. The sales are expected to end around Aug. 31, 2016. As part of the agreement, Sports Authority's liquidation consultants will be able to post signs with phrases such as "store closing," "sale on everything" and "everything must go."

"You have to think 'buyer beware' because a lot of times when companies have a going-out-of-business sale, they will do it over a set period of time, so the initial markdowns aren’t always the best deals," Howard Schaffer, the general manager at, told ABC News.

He recommended that shoppers look for products that have been marked down several times to ensure they're getting a deal. He also recommended purchasing items such as sports equipment instead of technology, since after an item is purchased, it's often a final sale.

Gift Cards

Tuesday is the last day for purchasing gift cards, according to Sports Authority's website. The company said gift cards will be honored online and in stores through June 28.

"Double-check that top drawer of the kitchen where you keep coupons and gift cards and make sure you use those up as soon as possible," Schaffer said.

Exchanges and Returns

Sports Authority will continue to allow exchanges and returns in stores through June 25, 2016, according to its website.

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Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Billboard(NEW YORK) -- The ever-expanding dating app Tinder has filed a lawsuit against a startup called 3nder over alleged trademark infringement, arguing that the names are similar enough to cause confusion in the market.

Tinder, owned by Match Group (which also holds OKCupid, Match, and other dating businesses), traditionally is used for an individual looking for another individual, while the much smaller 3nder is mostly aimed at people and couples searching for threesomes.

In a December letter to 3nder, Tinder's law firm, RGC Jenkins & Co., threatened to sue the startup in U.K.'s High Court unless it stops using the name 3nder. A Tinder spokesperson confirmed to ABC News Tuesday that the company has filed a lawsuit, but declined further comment on the case.

But the startup isn't bowing out quietly.

"Our mission and our values could not be more distinct from those of Tinder. We have and always will put ethics and aesthetics first," 3nder founder Dimo Trifonov said in a statement Monday. "Our members seek something else entirely when they come to us -- to explore their sexual curiosity and date in an open-minded space. With so many sexualities and relationship structures left out of Tinder and the Match Group offerings, there is room for all of us. No one should have a monopoly on love."

Tinder lawyers argue that the name 3nder can lead consumers to the mistaken belief that the app is associated with or sponsored by Tinder, and gives 3nder an unfair advantage, according to legal letters 3nder founder Dimo Trifonov said he received from Tinder.

“It's an unfair fight, first of all. The big guy bullying the little, so classic, just because they can," Trifonov told ABC News Tuesday. "At stake is the freedom of passionate people like me."

In response to the legal move, 3nder has launched the social media campaign “Tinder S--- My Socks,” asking supporters to tweet pictures of their socks at the dating app giant.

“As a busy start-up, it is a common occurrence for the 3nder team to forget to do their laundry," Trifonov wrote in a statement as a social media call-to-arms, calling on its members "and anyone with an open-mind" to use social media "to send Tinder their dirty socks.”

Trifonov said the idea to fight Tinder with smelly socks came to him very naturally.

“It was about 2 a.m. when I realized we had no clean socks because of this nonsense lawsuit. So, we decided to use the hashtag as a weapon hoping that people will be compassionate about our human problems," Trifonov told ABC News.

"Startups are a cure to a chronic issues in our world, where conglomerates are after pure profit and control." Trifonov added, "If we win, all the 270 independent dating apps are going to win with us.”

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Domino's Pizza, the nation's largest pizza delivery chain, is being accused of exploiting an outdated computer system to commit "rampant wage violations" in a $565,000 lawsuit filed by the New York State Attorney General.

The move expands upon the New York State government's aggressive efforts recently to reclaim wages for allegedly unpaid or underpaid workers, which was highlighted by an order to pay nail salon workers $2 million in unpaid wages earlier this month.

This is also the second time that Domino’s Pizza has been targeted by New York State for allegedly violating labor laws. In April of 2015, four franchise owners agreed to pay out $970,000 to settle claims they broke multiple labor laws, including allegedly breaking the minimum wage and failing to pay overtime, according to the New York Daily News.

A multi-year investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office alleges that Domino’s had urged franchisees to use payroll reports from the company’s computer system, known as PULSE, even though the corporation knew for years that it under-calculated gross wages, according to the lawsuit.

“At some point, a company has to take responsibility for its actions and for its workers’ well-being. We’ve found rampant wage violations at Domino’s franchise stores. And, as our suit alleges, we’ve discovered that Domino’s headquarters was intensely involved in store operations, and even caused many of these violations,” Schneiderman said during a news conference Tuesday.

Our @dominos suit marks the first time a corporation is alleged to be liable for wage theft at its stores:

— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) May 24, 2016

The company typically made multiple updates to the PULSE system each year, according to Schneiderman’s office. But the lawsuit, filed Monday in state Supreme Court, alleges that the company deliberately made no effort fix the flaws, including testimony by a Domino's vice president that he was told by Domino's that it was a "low priority."

The lawsuit also claims that Domino’s is a "joint employer" because the company inserted itself directly into employee affairs at its franchises. When two businesses hire and control the same employee, they are considered joint employers. In this case, the joint employer would be the corporation Domino’s Pizza as well as the individual franchises. The lawsuit alleges that the company monitored workers, played a role in their hiring, firing and discipline, and promoted an "anti-union" agenda.

Domino's pushed back on the claims Tuesday, insisting that franchisees are solely responsible for employment and pay decisions, and noting that company had been working with the Attorney General's office for "more than three years" to rectify potential issues of wage discrepancy.

"It’s unfortunate that these steps were not enough, and that the Attorney General now wants the company to take steps that would not only deprive our independent business owners of the opportunity to make their own employment decisions, but could impact the viability of the franchise model," company representative Jenny Fouracre-Petko told ABC News in an email.

But the Attorney General places the responsibility on Domino's, and accuses the corporation of using the franchise model to take advantage of low-level workers.

“Under these circumstances, New York law -- as well as basic human decency -- holds Domino’s responsible for the alleged mistreatment of the workers who make and deliver the company’s pizzas," Schneiderman said. "Domino’s can, and must, fix this problem.”

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