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McDonald’s facing class action lawsuits

It is not uncommon for a class action lawsuit to become one of the biggest stories in a particular industry. For the company that is targeted, this can lead to bad publicity.

McDonald's, as well as some of its many franchisees, has been hit with a variety of class action lawsuits filed by workers alleging that the restaurant is stealing their wages.

The lawsuits were recently filed in California, New York, and Michigan. In each one, it is alleged that the fast food giant has engaged in a wage theft plan that entails forcing employees to work off the clock. Along with this, the lawsuit claims that overtime is not being paid and hours are being removed from time cards.

Although this is bad news for McDonald's, the company is not alone. This is just the latest in a number of class action lawsuits filed by fast food workers who are protesting how much they earn.

The other side of the story is being told by Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem, McDonald's Vice President of Global External Communications. She noted in an email, "We are currently reviewing the allegations in 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."

This story is a big deal, whether you work in the fast food industry or eat at McDonald's from time to time. If you feel you are not being paid fairly, hiring an attorney or joining a class action lawsuit is often the next step.

Source: CNBC, "McDonald's slapped with fast-food worker class action lawsuits" Katie Little, Mar. 13, 2014

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