“McDonald's Pays $26 Million to Settle Wage Theft Suit,” CNN
November 25, 2019
McDonald's is paying $26 million to settle a class action lawsuit over wage theft. It's the latest development in a string of conflicts between the major restaurant chain and its employees.
The settlement puts an end to a multi-year legal battle between the company and California workers who alleged that McDonald's was skirting overtime payment laws and denying employees timely breaks, among other things. About 38,000 people are represented in the suit, according to a court filing obtained by CNN from the Fight for $15, which advocates for workers' rights.
In 2013, Maria Sanchez and others filed a suit against corporate-owned McDonald's restaurants in the state, saying that as far back as 2009 McDonald's failed to pay overtime to employees who worked more than eight hours during a 24-hour period. McDonald's actions violated state law, the suit claimed.