quote [ The suits allege that McDonald's has forced employees to work off the clock, not paid them overtime and struck hours off their time cards. "We've uncovered several unlawful schemes, but they all share a common purpose -- to drive labor costs down by stealing wages from McDonald's workers" ]
Being paid minimum wage is bad enough. Being paid minimum wage, being scheduled for short shifts which maximize travel time for time worked, being shorted on time, and then being hit with uniform expenses on top of all that? Not fair at all. I hope this lawsuit succeeds and results in more equitable working circumstances.
I never had these problems at McDonalds in Canada 25 years ago. However I did have similar issues at other jobs. I worked at a retail store in Vancouver very briefly, and they required that all employees be present a half-hour before their shift (to ensure that nobody was late).
They also wanted to subject everyone to searches at their shift end. The security detail wasn't ever around when my shift was over, and the wait would have been half an hour in some cases. So that was sometimes an extra hour daily that they didn't want to pay for.
Of course if I was there, and not looking like I was working, the manager would make note of that, even if I wasn't on shift or being paid.
After a couple of weeks of increasingly ridiculous rules like these, I started refusing to participate. I told them that I would show up when my shift started, and if they wanted me there earlier, they would have to start paying me earlier. I also told them that if I was ever late, they could fire me. I started refusing to wait to be searched, and ultimately refused to be searched at all.
The employment didn't last long. I can't remember if they stopped scheduling me, or if they just kept hassling me until I quit.
Raising minimum wage is only one part of the problem. Short shifts, charge-backs for uniform cleaning or other work-related expenses, deleting hours or underpaying overtime - there are many other issues which contribute to the problems of being working-poor.
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