McDonald’s workers in three states have filed class-action suits alleging the company super-sized its profits at the employees’ expense.
They claim the fast food chain forces employees to work off the clock, shaves time off their time cards and refuses to pay overtime.
The suits—filed in New York, Michigan and California—come amid increasing union efforts to raise wages in the fast-food industry. Several protests outside restaurants have raised awareness of the industry’s record of paying low wages.
A union-produced video purportedly replaying McDonald’s employee help-line advice on how to get by on low wages (“Ask about things like food pantries”) has inflamed the company’s critics.
Note: Unions and workers’ advocates will pounce on tone-deaf messages such as McDonald’s help-line tips, which leaked last year. It only added fuel to the low-wage fire and will make the company’s defense against these lawsuits more difficult.