“McDonald's Agrees to Pay $26 Million to Settle Accusations Of Wage Theft,” NPR
November 25, 2019
McDonald's has agreed to pay $26 million to settle a years-long legal battle with California cooks and cashiers who have accused the company of failing to properly pay them for their work and expenses.
The class-action lawsuit, representing tens of thousands of McDonald's workers, accused the fast-food chain of structuring shifts in a way that denied workers overtime pay. The lawsuit also said the company denied workers timely breaks, which were allowed only at the start and end of a shift instead of the middle when the restaurant got busy.
Workers also said the company required them to clean and iron uniforms without compensating them for the expense of maintaining clothes as they got damaged in the restaurant's smoky and greasy work conditions. The lawsuit was first filed in 2013.