California McD’s Workers Say They Deserve a Break from Forced Unpaid OT

McDonald’s employees in three states have filed six lawsuits accusing the fast-food giant of wage theft, alleging practices the workers say drop their wages below the federal minimum.

Following months of "Fight for $15" protests calling on higher wages for fast-food workers, some California McDonald's employees have joined in six lawsuits filed in three states.
Following months of "Fight for $15" protests calling on higher wages for fast-food workers, some California McDonald's employees have joined in six lawsuits filed in three states.

By Beth Dalbey

Some California McDonald’s Corp. employees are accusing the Illinois-based fast-food giant and its independent restaurants of forcing them to work off the clock and without higher overtime pay, effectively lowering their pay to below the federal minimum wage.

They have joined McDonald’s workers in two other states – Michigan and New York – in six lawsuits accusing McDonald’s Corp. and its independent restaurants of wage theft, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.

In a statement, McDonald’s says the chain is reviewing the workers’ allegations.

"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," the company said.

The lawsuits, filed Wednesday in federal courts, follow months of “Fight for $15” employee protests targeting McDonald’s and other fast-food companies and seeking higher wages.

"It is time for McDonald's to stop skirting the law to pad profits," Sharnell Grandberry, one Michigan plaintiffs and a worker at a Detroit McDonald's, said in a statement. "We need to get paid for the hours we work."

Two lawsuits have been filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan against McDonald’s and two franchises. Employees allege the owners of the franchises forced them to wait until the restaurants began filling with customers before they punched in for their shifts, or until the ratio of labor costs to income revenue reached the acceptable corporate standard, the newspaper said.

They also allege the company – which in a somewhat ironic twist is famous for its “You deserve a break today” advertising slogan – also forced them to take extended unpaid breaks and pay for their own uniforms, further driving their wages below the federal minimum.

Giorgio C. March 15, 2014 at 08:14 PM
To the people who don't want to give the minimum wage workers a break, will you give up the tax benefits of home ownership? I will. It is criminal that those who decide to purchase a home are rewarded by the government for doing so. It was a damn choice that we bought the home. We could be like other countries, including Europe, and rent. Homeowners are the last people who need a handout.
Jessie March 15, 2014 at 08:50 PM
As far as home-ownership, I for one need the breaks. I am retired now with no house payments. You suggest we all keep renting and keep paying you for your rental. The real-estate market employees 50,000,000 + people in some fashion or another across the country and no I am not a Realtor. If we get rid of the deduction where are these people goint to work? McD's? Employment at Mc D was originally for the high school students and part time workers. It was not to support a family. However, with today's education I can understand why some people have to work at McD. Any increase in the minimum wage should be at what was given to the retires on S.S. got, 1% this year and nothing last year. If the cost keeps going up the people on a fixed income will have to go to work at McD's. I believe you should get payed for the time you put in at work. The owner , if found guilty should face severe penalties and possible time cleaning up the streets or something like that. They should stand on the curb and not get time served until something needs to be picked up. Ha Ha the courts would not let that happen.
Giorgio C. March 15, 2014 at 09:21 PM
I think some of my homeowner comment is motivated by the mixed messages society is sending out. For example, everyone is against unions these days. Everyone is against employees having any kind of tenure or job stability. But then our government tries to give us incentives to own a home. Everyone needs to own a home! Well, if no one wants workers to have job stability/protection, then it seems pretty dumb to buy a home. We now need to be nomadic, ready to pick up and move any time and all the time. That's what todays society wants. Somehow, this ties in with the McDonalds issue. I don't deserve breaks for buying a home if we can't afford to help those who need it the most. Home buying was a choice. Government should stay out of it altogether. They have made a mess of things. There would be plenty of jobs in the rental business, too. Somehow, home buying has turned into a another form of welfare with the tax credits, prop 13, etc.
Stewart Gooderman March 16, 2014 at 01:59 AM
To Mr Giorgio C: Government hasn't made a mess of things. *We* did to ourselves by not doing our homework and electing representatives who have misrepresented themselves and who have been bought out by money interests. It's much harder to get at the truth today because channels of information have been hijacked by these money interests who control the content you hear and see. People mistakenly think that our airways can be trusted. That is no longer the case. One now has to use unorthodox means to get at the truth. Now, the idea behind home ownership comes from the idea that you need two basic things in life: food and shelter. True home ownership guarantees the latter. Renting never will. That's why the government gives this incentive. And I'll tell you what, I'll give up my home deduction when the government decides to tax all the off shore holdings of all individuals and all corporations.
Giorgio C. March 16, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Stewart, I will also hang onto my home deduction until these other wrongs you have cited have been corrected. First thing's first. Thanks for the reminder!


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