Source: Candace Choi / AP / USA Today
NEW YORK — McDonald’s workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying them what they’re owed.
The suits in California, Michigan and New York against McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees come amid growing attention on the country’s widening wealth gap and pay practices in low-wage sectors. While the labor violations outlined in the suit aren’t specific to McDonald’s, lawyers said they targeted the company because it’s an industry leader.
Taken together, the suits seeking class action status could affect roughly 30,000 workers, lawyers said in a conference call arranged by organizers of the recent fast-food protests. The suits seek back pay and other damages.
The suits were announced the same day President Obama was expected to call for stricter rules on overtime pay. The White House, Democratic lawmakers and labor organizers have also been pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which translates to roughly $21,000 a year for full-time work. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year.
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