McDonald’s Worker Sues After Receiving Ridiculous Debit Card Instead of Real Paycheck
Last month, Dallas, Pennsylvania, resident Natalie Gunshannon stopped working at her local McDonald's after three weeks on the job, not necessarily because the pay was bad (at $7.44 an hour, though, it was), but because the local franchise holder repeatedly told the 27-year-old that the only way she could be paid was in the form of a prepaid Chase Bank debit card that basically made the single mother pay extra any time she wanted access to her earnings.
The Times-Leader reports that after taking into account the multitude of charges and assorted service fees, including a "$1.50 charge for ATM withdrawals, $5 for over-the-counter cash withdrawals, $1 per balance inquiry, 75 cents per online bill payment and $15 for lost/stolen card," Gunshannon was left with the funny feeling she was earning far less than the $7.25 minimum wage.
So she never signed the card, and now the former McDonald's employee is suing the franchise holder for unspecified damages. Though Gunshannon is apparently not part of a larger movement, activists argue that cases like hers are typical of the spectrum of unfair working conditions throughout the fast-food industry. For almost a year, organizers have led a series of strikes across the country to give workers a platform to demand better pay across the board.
McD's Worker Sues: Don't Pay By Credit Card [Times-Leader]
Earlier: New York's Fast Food Workers Resume Citywide Strikes