McDonald’s workers in California, Michigan and New York filed lawsuits this week against the company and several franchise owners, alleging that they illegally underpaid employees by erasing hours from their timecards, not paying overtime and ordering them to work off the clock.
The lawsuits were announced in a noon telephone conference by the employees’ lawyers and organizers of the union-backed movement that is pressing the nation’s fast-food restaurants to increase wages to at least $15 an hour.
In two lawsuits filed in Michigan against McDonald’s and two Detroit-area franchise owners, workers claimed that their restaurants told them to show up to work, but then ordered them to wait an hour or two without pay until enough customers showed up.
Do you sense a movement coming on?
UPDATE: 3/14/14. The Times again, with an almost-Daily News-like slightly punny editorial headline: Happy Meals, Unhappy Workers – NYTimes.com.