McDonalds in court over "wage theft"
McDonald's workers in the US are taking the company to court over "wage theft."
The BBC has reported that workers in three US states - New York, California and Michigan - have filed cases against the firm alleging they were forced to work off the clock and not paid overtime.
The workers have filed a total of seven class actions in the three states.
According to the BBC workers in New York say they were not reimbursed the cost of cleaning their uniforms, which they claim pushed their real wages below the minimum limit.
In California workers claim that McDonald's and its franchise owners "failed to pay them for all time worked, failed to pay proper overtime" and "altered pay records".
Lawyer Michael Rubin, of Altshuler Berzon LLP, who filed the California suits, told the BBC: "We've uncovered several unlawful schemes, but they all share a common purpose - to drive labour costs down by stealing wages from McDonald's workers."
"McDonald's and our independent franchisees are committed to undertaking a comprehensive investigation of the allegations and will take any necessary actions as they apply to our respective organisations," it said in a statement.
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