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McDonald's Agrees to Pay $26 Million to Settle Wage Theft Lawsuit

Published April 2, 2020 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
McDonald’s Pays $26 Million in Wage Theft Lawsuit

McDonald’s has agreed to pay $26 million in a settlement with California employees who accused the fast food chain of not paying them appropriately for overtime and denying them breaks, among other things.

The class action lawsuit was brought on behalf of 38,000 McDonald’s employees. In addition to being denied overtime pay, workers also alleged that they were denied timely breaks throughout the day and were also required to pay for the care of worn-out uniforms without receiving reimbursement. Recently, McDonald’s admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to settle the lawsuit by paying $26 million.

What Is Wage Theft?

Wage theft is a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and covers occurrences when workers do not collect their legally or contractually promised wages, such as:

  • Not getting paid at all
  • Failure to receive overtime pay
  • Not obtaining the last paycheck at the end of employment
  • Not earning the minimum wage
  • Not getting paid for all hours worked
  • Employee misclassification
  • Illegal deductions

Although employers are bound to provide proper wages to their workers, there are cases when businesses (either intentionally or by accident) fail to comply with those laws. You have every right to expect that your employer will correct any errors promptly and without retaliation. If they do not, contact a lawyer who can help you enforce your rights. It’s not always easy to know whether your employer is complying with pay regulations, but an attorney can pinpoint any violations and help make it right.

Our Proven Wage and Hour Lawyers Will Fight for You

If you believe you’ve been a victim of wage theft, you have legal remedies in Tennessee. You should schedule a free consultation with an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible to learn your legal options.

At the Employment and Consumer Law Group, our Nashville wage and hour attorneys can advise you on whether you have a viable wage theft case and how to proceed with a lawsuit if you choose to. We can represent you skillfully in negotiations with your employer or in court, if necessary.

Our law firm has successfully helped hundreds of employees settle disputes and recover the wages they rightfully earned in Tennessee. To learn more how we can help, call our office or fill out an online contact form for a free case evaluation.

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