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McDonald’s faces class-action lawsuit

Allegations that fast-food giant is unfairly withholding pay from workers spurs Florida lawmakers to streamline wage-theft legislation

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But not really all that surprising. The Florida Legislature has been trying to disempower and bankrupt local jurisdictions for years. This is the fourth year they’ve been trying to push this through.

“The inspiration for this bill is – since we have 67 counties in Florida – there is, although not likely anytime soon, the chance for 67 different wage theft ordinances,” state Rep. Neil Combee, R-Polk City, told WJCT, adding, “So, when you’re trying to conduct business in a number of counties, it would be helpful from an economic development standpoint, from a business standpoint, to have a consistent application of the law, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do here.”

Hmmm, that sounds familiar: Let’s make sure we’re working to make life easier for businesses than we are for their employees, who wear their logos on their self-bought shirts. Which is why groups like the National Employment Law Project are backing these suits, and why Fight for 15 held press conferences at McDonald’s across the country – including in Orlando, Tampa and Miami – on March 18.

“McDonald’s requires its workers to work off the clock, show up for work without consistent shifts, and deducts expenses from their already meager pay, chiseling wages while earning billions in profits,” NELP general counsel Catherine Ruckelshaus said in a statement. “These violations can run into the millions of dollars quite quickly, and as one of the largest low-wage employers in the country, McDonald’s should be setting the standards, not undermining them.”

Uh, that goes for just about every other employer in Florida, too.

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