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McDonald's Must Pay Ex-Employee for Weight Gain

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A judge in Brazil has ordered McDonald's to pay a former restaurant manager $17,500 because the man gained 65-pounds while working for the fast food giant.

According to the Associated Press, the man, whose name has not been released, said he felt pressure to eat the food every day for 12 years as part of his job. He said McDonald's regularly sent "mystery clients" to the restaurant to check up on the food, so he had to eat it constantly to make sure it was okay.

He added that McDonald's also gave the employees free lunches, which added to his waistline.

McDonald's is still considering whether to appeal the ruling, saying it is "weighing its legal options."

The chain has been sued many times in the United States by people blaming it for their weight gain. But so far, no judge has ruled against it.

The New York Daily News reports that on Wednesday, a New York judge once again ruled against a group of plaintiffs that has been trying to sue McDonald's for eight years now.

"We are extremely pleased with the court’s decision," McDonald's spokeswoman Heidi Barker said in a statement released to Bloomberg News. "As we have maintained throughout these proceedings, it is unfair to blame McDonald’s for this complex societal problem."

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