McDonald’s Accused of Forcing Employees To Use Fee-Heavy Debit Card To Access Pay

A McDonald’s franchise in northeastern Pennsylvania has received national attention after allegedly paying an employee on a debit card instead of a paycheck, which was full of additional fees and hidden costs, according to the Associated Press. Natalie Gunshannon, 27, of Dallas Township, PA, and other employees have filed a lawsuit against the franchise for forcing workers to pay additional fees to access paychecks.

“I’m looking for the pay I am owed and for them to understand there has to be an option,” Gunshannon told a reporter from the Citizen’s Voice.

Gunshannon’s lawsuit captured the attention of the U.S. Department of Labor as well as the national media.

“They called me and told me the U.S. Attorney has shown a particular interest in the facts of this case,” said attorney Michael Cefalo, who filed the lawsuit. “They were looking to see if there are any violations of federal statutes.”

The lawsuit names Albert and Carol Mueller as defendants—the couple owns 16 McDonald’s franchise locations.

In the latest twist, and what may be icing on the cake, the Muellers are even making a pathetic attempt to censor the news story from its patrons. According to the Huffington Post, the franchise was accused of throwing local publications it offers to diners—including the Citizen’s Voice—in the trash when it ran the story about the debit cards.

“Yesterday at my McDonald’s, the owner asked us to throw away all these newspapers,” an employee alleged on a social media website, posting pictures of the discarded newspapers.

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