Update: McDonald's Managers Admit They Stole Employee Wages

Managers added unpaid breaks to time sheets

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If you haven't been following the news lately, McDonald's has been taking a beating over practices that allegedly stole wages from their already low-paid employees--among them, forcing workers to pay for their own dry-cleaning and making them wait until customers showed up to clock in. Now, in the wake of a series of lawsuits advocating for the affected workers, two former McDonald's managers have come forward to confirm that they were asked to manipulate employee wages in the name of the bottom line.

"I think the worst thing that I was ever asked to do would be to adjust a person's time," Kwanza Brooks, who managed McDonald's restaurants in North Carolina and Maryland for 12 years, says in a video from lowpayisnotok.org. "That's the worst. Because they did their work, they were there, and they deserved to get paid for what they did."

The video finds Brooks and another former manager coming forward about various unsavory tactics for saving the company money, including adding unpaid breaks to workers' time sheets and making illegal deductions from checks.

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"I have witnessed deductions being done with employees whether it was a uniform, a name tag, a meal, whether it was anything," said Brooks. "They would deduct and they would take it out of your payroll."

In the video, veteran manager Lakia Williams paints a vivid picture of the kinds of employees affected by the deductions. "They weren't the teenagers," she says. "They were the 30-to-40-something mothers working multiple jobs at the time where they couldn't get a full-time work status."

If true, statements like Williams's and Brooks's impart terrifying weight to a poll of 1,088 fast food workers, which found that McDonald's, Burger King and other are stealing money from 89 percent of their employees. Additionally, 60 percent of fast food workers have been required to work before clocking in or after clocking out--one of the practices for which McDonald's is under fire.

Williams's and Brooks's allegations come in the wake of class-action lawsuits filed by McDonald's workers in California, Michigan and New York, which collectively demand that their employer pay back stolen wages and end the practices in question.

So far, the lawsuits have found the tides turning in the employees' favor. A settlement with McDonald's (as well as another with Domino's, which was criticized for similar practices) means that workers have won back nearly $1 million in stolen wages. If the remaining lawsuits progress in kind, that may be just the beginning.

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katlady20

If your start time is 9 am and you get there at ten of, no you should not get paid for taking off your coat, going to the bathroom to comb your hair, etc. ...but if you are starting at your assigned time of 9 am. That is when your paid time starts, mist places pay for fifteen minute breaks, paid lunch is up to employer......paying for name tags and uniforms....I can see making employee pay those as I would bet most of them walk off with the employee when they quit. I would charge them for the name tags and uniform, then refund the money when they are returned. You cannot take it out of a payck tho, time worked has wage and hour definitions. And taking money out for that is illegal. Sad Mcd did this and the rest are more than likely too, glad I rarely eat at them. They also have the power to see that animals we eat are treated better and they are slow at that.

April 12 2014 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bhow38341

That's why I don't shop any of the places that treat people like trash.
I have a list a mile long
Walmart and Papa Johns will never see me walk thru their doors again.
Don't vote for Repubs,
They are guaranteed to make this country worse.
They one concern is taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

April 12 2014 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spider

This goes on at all places

April 11 2014 at 10:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
newacct1112002

Some Subways in Austin, TX, were doing the same thing. My daughter-in-law stressed over what Management required of her in keeping costs low. She was a manager, and recording employees hrs. less than what they worked was one of the ways they taught their managers. She had worked at different locations and knew it was not practiced at all of them. It depended on the Owners, the ones who hired managers that could barely speak English, only had 1 or two employees at peak hours and required the managers to work off the clock. She refused to abide by their requirements and so she was harassed until she quit.

April 11 2014 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
irmamikey

Same thing goes on in Papa Johns, manager would post overtime on employee time cards and then make the employee give the manager the money!! Employee finally wised up and realized she was being taxed on her overtime and yet the manager was taking the gross wages. How's that for cheating the employee!

April 11 2014 at 5:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tonyjuicey1

I stopped eating that stuff years ago. I probably eaten Mac D's 10 times in 30 years.

April 11 2014 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dbernardus

Myself, I am boycoting the above mentioned restarrant until these matters are retified! Hope others will follow suit.

April 08 2014 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smoses80

What is Wrong with these Corporations? Seriously?? Everything is about the Almighty Buck. Screwing your employees(who are doing great jobs) out of $$ ordered by the Higher Ups who probaly make more $$ than They deserve!!! It Makes me sick!!! This is Exactly why Unions are Made!! I am going to look up McDonalds Net Profits and see WHY on Earth they decided to STEAL from their Employees!!!! SICKENING!!!

April 06 2014 at 3:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
honey.combe

Just what has this country come to. How greedy big corporations have gotten, to take food out of the mouths of babes, all in the name of stealing some money that is really chickenfeed to the corporation but represents life's necessities to the people who earned their wages. It's disgusting. America used to not be this way. What the hell has happened?

April 04 2014 at 2:54 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Victoria

The KFC location i worked at during college did something similar. Employees hours were carried over from one week to the next. So if you worked 30 hrs in a week, you might only get paid for 20 with 10 hrs being carried over to the next pay week. Needless to say, the manager did this because the corporate office questioned why he had so many hrs on payroll each week. It was either carry over hrs or simply cut people's hrs altogether.

April 03 2014 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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