McDonald’s workers in California, Michigan and New York recently sued the fast-food giant for wage theft.
According to The New York Times, the employees are claiming McDonald's engaged in "illegally erasing hours from their timecards, not paying overtime and ordering them to work off the clock."
Two ex-McDonald's managers, Kwanzaa Brooks and Lakia Williams, recently explained to Salon.com how they were told to illegally alter timesheets of workers.
“My general manager notified us that someone had exceeded forty hours, and they were going to take their hours off and put it on their next paycheck [in order to avoid paying overtime]," Williams told Salon.com. “Which, you know, that’s illegal.”
Brooks said an assistant manager told her change a computer record to make it look as if an employee had taken a 30-minute break, even if the employee worked through their break, to keep down labor costs.
In a new video (below) produced by "LowPay NotOk," the ex-managers go into depth on how they were allegedly told by their bosses to change employees' hours.
The former managers say they were told to make illegal deductions from employees' paychecks for company uniforms, name tags, meals and "anything."
There is an online petition at RobbedOnTheJob.com that people can sign to remind McDonald's that these alleged practices are illegal.
For its part, McDonald's claims it is looking into the wage theft and the lawsuit, but cautioned the public not to judge the company by the possible actions of franchises.