According to the Chicago Tribune, McDonald’s employees have filed seven lawsuits against the restaurant chain alleging it of systematically stealing wages through practices including the failure to pay overtime and forced work off the clock.
The lawsuits were filed here in California, Michigan and New York earlier this month. The workers accuse McDonald’s of denying workers timely meal periods and rest breaks, and requiring employees to buy their own uniforms or pay to clean those uniforms.
Of the seven lawsuits, five also name some of the company’s franchisees as defendants.
A representative for McDonald’s told the Tribune that the company is reviewing the lawsuits. “McDonald’s and our independent franchisees are committed to undertaking a comprehensive investigation of the allegations and will take any necessary actions as they apply to our respective organizations,” Barker Sa Shekhem said in a statement.
One of the plaintiffs said that he worked at a McDonald’s in Northern California for about two years, and that to cut back on labor costs, his managers asked him to punch out for his shift but remain in the store, ready to punch back in when the restaurant got busy.
McDonald’s, worth $28 billion, operates more than 35,000 restaurants worldwide. The lawsuit is seeking class action status or collective-action certification. Experts said the lawsuits could affect more than 30,000 low-wage workers.
How Can I Join the McDonald’s Class Action Lawsuit?
If McDonald’s participated in the actions alleged by the plaintiffs, it should be held liable. As we have been noting lately in our blog, employees can attempt to file a class action lawsuit if their wages are in dispute.
California wage and overtime laws exist to ensure that employees are given fair and just compensation for the work they perform. Employees can attempt to file a class action lawsuit if their wages are in dispute.
Employers, who violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and laws guaranteeing minimum wages and overtime pay, must be held accountable for their actions.
If you have a wage or overtime dispute, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit to obtain compensation. Our Los Angeles employment attorneys can help you decide whether to move forward with your case. Call our office today to schedule a consultation at (310) 273-3180.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles discrimination attorneys
Did You Know? In July 2013, thousands of fast-food workers across the country walked off the job to protest low-wages.