MCDONALD’S BECOMES THE SUBJECT OF WAGE AND HOUR LAWSUITS IN NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA AND MICHIGAN
Last week, several McDonald’s employees filed lawsuits in New York, California and Michigan alleging that McDonald’s and its franchise owners have unlawfully underpaid them by not paying overtime, manipulating time-cards and ordering them to work “off the clock.” Specifically, the Michigan plaintiffs claim that they were unlawfully required to pay for uniforms and were improperly told to show up to work, but then ordered to wait an hour or longer, without pay, until more customers arrived. Workers in California cited to improper pay practices such as failing to pay for all hours worked, reducing hours worked from pay records and denying workers meal periods and rest breaks. Lastly, the New York plaintiffs claim they were not reimbursed for the cost of cleaning their uniforms. This firm will continue to monitor the developments in these cases.