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Fast-food workers file class-action lawsuits against McDonald's in Michigan

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
The lawsuits allege workers at 21 McDonalds restaurants in Detroit are forced to pay for their own uniforms and work off the clock.

McDonald's is being sued for allegedly stealing the wages of fast-food workers in Michigan.

The lawsuits allege workers at 21 McDonald's restaurants in Detroit are forced to pay for their own uniforms and work off the clock.

“These unlawful practices have flourished in part because most of the workers are so financially vulnerable that they are afraid to lodge the claims on their own behalf,” says attorney Joe Sellers, who’s handling similar lawsuits in California and New York.

“These lost wages may make the difference for these crew members whether they can afford child care or new clothing once in a while or other features of life so many of us take for granted,” adds Sellers.

A McDonald's spokeswoman says the fast-food chain is reviewing the allegations.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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