One case filed in New York federal court claims McDonald’s failed to reimburse workers at its New York stores for the time and cost of cleaning uniforms that employees are required to wear and to keep clean, according to a news release. The suit claims that failure to reimburse employees for uniform cleaning violates state requirements to pay workers weekly for uniform maintenance and also violates federal and state minimum wage laws.
In California, three lawsuits were filed against McDonald's and its franchise owners alleging workers were not paid for all time worked, among other claims. A fourth lawsuit was filed on behalf of a statewide class of employees in McDonald's corporate owned locations.
Finally, in Michigan, two lawsuits were filed against McDonald's and two Detroit-area franchisees. The lawsuits claim, among other things, that workers were forced to buy their own uniforms, driving their real wages below the minimum wage.