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Workers sue McDonald's for stealing wages
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Posted on 03/13/2014 2:24:04 PM PDT by Java4Jay

US workers accused fast-food giant McDonald's Thursday of systematically stealing wages through illicit practices like forcing them to work off-the-clock and failing to pay overtime. Seven class-action lawsuits were filed Wednesday and Thursday in California, Michigan and New York demanding that McDonald's pay back the stolen wages and end the practices that violate state and federal laws, lawyers representing the workers said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2ndthread; mcdonalds
Fast-food workers, some of the worst-paid in the US economy, have been campaigning for higher wages in recent years. Last August thousands of workers went on strike at McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants in 60 cities across the nation seeking a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation by their employer.
1 posted on 03/13/2014 2:24:04 PM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: Java4Jay
Gee . . . I thought Wal-Mart was the biggest bad guy around.

One way to stop Mcy D from "stealing" wages, and that's to GET ANOTHER JOB SOMEWHERE ELSE, MORON!.

2 posted on 03/13/2014 2:27:34 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Java4Jay

Good for them!

You work, you get paid for it.

If they worked off the clock with no compensation, that’s theft by the company.


3 posted on 03/13/2014 2:28:28 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: laweeks

Not paying overtime and forcing workers to work “off the clock” are illegal.


4 posted on 03/13/2014 2:29:52 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Java4Jay

The time these folks spend wallowing in perceived grievances and cooking up get-rich-quick schemes would be better spent at a second job.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 2:30:10 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: laweeks

“One way to stop Mcy D from “stealing” wages, and that’s to GET ANOTHER JOB SOMEWHERE ELSE, MORON!.”

Hey, blaming the victim for an injustice isn’t right.

I can rail against the dems and the system, but stiffing a worker who’s doing the job is WRONG and it needs to be redressed.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 2:30:55 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: laweeks

I don’t think McDonald’s corp. signs their paychecks.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 2:33:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: OpusatFR

I’ll bet the plaintiffs will have a hard time providing PROOF


8 posted on 03/13/2014 2:34:42 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Java4Jay

Sorry, this smacks of an Acorn/Organizing for America operation. Really, three cities across the span of the USA? If they are bring overworked, I hope they can prove it.


9 posted on 03/13/2014 2:37:21 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Java4Jay

And this flurry of lawsuits had absolutely NOTHING to do with Oberdork’s revamping the overtime rules................yesterday........


10 posted on 03/13/2014 2:40:12 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Java4Jay

Perhaps they won’t. My kids kept logs of their hours worked and they were quick to note unpaid time.

This isn’t something rare in the fast food industry.


11 posted on 03/13/2014 2:41:04 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: originalbuckeye
Sorry, this smacks of an Acorn/Organizing for America operation.

Yup. Going after the deep pockets.
12 posted on 03/13/2014 2:42:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I do recall a time in my youth.

Working at a delivery company.

After day 2, I was asked to do substantially more than I signed up for. I was hired as a driver.

I welcomed the new challenges and responsibilities and I performed well beyond his expectations.

After two weeks I told the owner that I need a raise.

He came back to me with a raise, $0.25 an hour more.

I was insulted.

While I was busting my butt, doing anything and everything that needed to get done, he was going to walk out of his office once an hour and and throw a quarter at me.

In the end, I got paid what I was worth and we had a great relationship.


13 posted on 03/13/2014 2:46:58 PM PDT by Zeneta (Thoughts in time and out of season.)
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To: laweeks

Nice lib logic. Don’t like the direction of the county? Go ahead and move you lazy slob.


14 posted on 03/13/2014 2:47:32 PM PDT by drunknsage
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To: laweeks

One way to stop Mcy D from “stealing” wages, and that’s to GET ANOTHER JOB SOMEWHERE ELSE, MORON!.

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Absolutely. Clearly the prime takeaway from this story is the workers at McDonalds, who pretty much deserve to have their rightful pay illegally withheld because they are morons.


15 posted on 03/13/2014 3:02:40 PM PDT by dmz
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To: PeteB570

Correct. I received a check one time for overtime that wasn’t paid correctly.


16 posted on 03/13/2014 3:04:38 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: dmz

It probably wasn’t McDonalds but some rogue managers. McDonalds just has the deep pockets.


17 posted on 03/13/2014 3:05:44 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: drunknsage
Nice lib logic. Don’t like the direction of the county? Go ahead and move you lazy slob.

Not quite. I'm not sure whom you're painting as the "lazy slob." There are many companies that have employees to extra work. If it's not customary to do so, then go to the upper management and complain.

But to lawyer-up is a coward's way out. Besides, I don't think that all McDonald's do this. They're being painted with a broad brush.

And as I implied, if you're unhappy there, go somewhere else where you won't be mistreated. Putting a lawsuit on your resume and future references is rather pathetic.

18 posted on 03/13/2014 3:07:50 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Java4Jay
Fast-food workers, some of the worst-paid in the US economy, have been campaigning for higher wages in recent years. Last August thousands of workers went on strike at McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants in 60 cities across the nation seeking a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation by their employer.

So that makes it OK for their employer to force them to work off the clock and deny them overtime?

19 posted on 03/13/2014 3:08:36 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: dmz

There are many companies that have employees do extra work. If it’s not customary to do so, then go to the upper management and complain. I think it’s called a chain of command.

But to lawyer-up is a coward’s way out. Besides, I don’t think that all McDonald’s do this. They’re being painted with a broad brush.

If you’re unhappy there, go somewhere else where you won’t be mistreated. Putting a lawsuit on your resume and future references is rather pathetic.


20 posted on 03/13/2014 3:10:03 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: AppyPappy

It probably wasn’t McDonalds but some rogue managers. McDonalds just has the deep pockets.

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Yes, you are likely correct. According to the mcdonalds website, only 20% of the outlets are company owned.


21 posted on 03/13/2014 3:11:15 PM PDT by dmz
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To: OpusatFR

if you worked off the clock.....prove it.


22 posted on 03/13/2014 3:15:33 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: PeteB570
Not paying overtime and forcing workers to work “off the clock” are illegal.

Last year I worked an average of 112 hrs a week for 10 straight weeks in the oilfields of the Permian Basin...getting shot at... salary.

Hey, if I don't like it I can quit, right?

23 posted on 03/13/2014 3:23:29 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: laweeks
One way to stop Mcy D from "stealing" wages, and that's to GET ANOTHER JOB SOMEWHERE ELSE, MORON!.

Condoning theft isn't Christian and it isn't conservative. It is unconscionable.

24 posted on 03/13/2014 3:24:10 PM PDT by mountainbunny (Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens” J.R.R. Tolkien)
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To: laweeks

You must own a fast food joint...


25 posted on 03/13/2014 3:25:08 PM PDT by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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You must own a fast food joint...

No, but I've worked in a fast food joint, and I when I felt I was being taken advantage of, I looked for a better job. Nothing like dirtying up your resume and references.

26 posted on 03/13/2014 3:27:44 PM PDT by laweeks
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“So that makes it OK for their employer to force them to work off the clock and deny them overtime?”

No. But I'd wager that it didn't happen. Just because someone files a lawsuit alleging “wrongdoing” doesn't make it true.

A McD’s franchise is very expensive to obtain and anyone that does have the cash to buy one must also go through extensive business training as well as agree to abide by Corporate, Federal, State and local regulations. It is highly unlikely that a franchisee would jeopardize their investment by engaging in illegal or unethical employment practices.

Fast food workers don't generally work over 8 hours. Most are probably working much less and I guarantee with Obamacare they've probably been working no more than 29 hours a week. Hence, no overtime.

27 posted on 03/13/2014 3:32:48 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Java4Jay

It’s all moot anyway, these clowns will be replaced by robots shortly.


28 posted on 03/13/2014 3:34:48 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Java4Jay
If its true MCD should be sued big time, however IMHO this seems a little too convenient. This is being alleged at the same time the community organizer in chief is running around the country campaigning for a higher minimum wage.

Call me a skeptic but I smell some Alinskyite tactics here. I really hope I'm wrong.

29 posted on 03/13/2014 3:45:11 PM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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I’ll bet the plaintiffs will have a hard time providing PROOF

Yeah, despite the outrage expressed in previous comments, I seriously doubt that successful businesses -- in our current regulatory environment -- forced minimum-wage employees to work without being paid.

I'll admit I'm wrong if they actually have proof, but I'm doubtful. This is just more leftist theater.

30 posted on 03/13/2014 3:52:00 PM PDT by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: laweeks
One way to stop Mcy D from "stealing" wages, and that's to GET ANOTHER JOB SOMEWHERE ELSE, MORON!.

That's like saying "One way to stop pickpockets is to live where there are no other people around". Most of us prefer to live in a civilized society where everyone, from the lowest laborer to the highest megacorporation, is required to obey the rules.

And what's with the quote marks? They didn't "steal"; they stole by obtaining labor under false pretenses to avoid paying the agreed wage for it.

31 posted on 03/13/2014 3:52:38 PM PDT by Aqua Buddhist ("If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism." --R. Reagan)
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Condoning theft isn't Christian and it isn't conservative.

Indeed. I thought that their endorsement of theft was one of our objections to liberals....

32 posted on 03/13/2014 3:53:40 PM PDT by Aqua Buddhist ("If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism." --R. Reagan)
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To: Rodamala

Not paying overtime and forcing workers to work “off the clock” are illegal in the US.

And we are talking about hourly workers.

A slave driver running a local franchise where my daughter worked tried to do that with her part time high school workers. That ended the first week she tried it.

And after a couple of months my daughter moved on to a better job.

So were you shot at by illegals - or the Feds?

These days a person has to ask. :)


33 posted on 03/13/2014 4:21:24 PM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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