A common practice, apparently...
"Seven McDonald's franchises in New York owned by Richard Cisneros will pay nearly $500,000 to fast food workers who claimed they were victims of wage theft under a settlement reached by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the Huffington Post reports.
More than 1,600 current and former employees will receive payment. The labor bureau "found that cashiers regularly performed off-the-clock work before and after their shifts," Dave Jamieson writes, doing work without earning any extra income, and were also made to pay for cleaning their own uniforms and didn't get an extra hour of pay after shifts where they worked 10 hours in a row. All of these practices violate New York State labor laws.
The state also recently won a $1.3 million settlement for workers at Domino's in New York City who claimed they experienced similar wage theft tactics.
Given how widespread wage theft is among New York City's fast food businesses, on Tuesday Public Advocate Letitia James announced a proposal to tamp down on these practices, including an anonymous whistleblower hotline for workers, expanding the authority of city agencies to investigate, and urging McDonald's to amend franchisee agreements so that it can hold them accountable when they violate labor laws."
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Here is a link that might be useful: Wage Theft