McDonald's hit by lawsuits over worker pay

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 11:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Several lawsuits being filed against McDonald's this week say the fast-food chain engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying workers what they're owed.

The suits in California, Michigan and New York against McDonald's and franchisees represent the latest move to call attention to pay practices in the fast-food and other low-wage industries.

President Barack Obama, Democratic lawmakers and labor organizers have been pushing to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

The suits were announced on the same day Obama was expected to call for stricter rules on overtime pay.

McDonald's says in a statement that it is investigating the allegations and will take any necessary actions.

The lawsuits detail violations including making workers wait to clock in and making them pay for their own uniforms.

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