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McDonald's required to pay unpaid overtime in California

Whether you were just hired or have worked with a company for years, each and every employee are afforded certain rights. Many of these rights relate to the protection from discrimination and harassment; however, employees are also afforded rights regarding wage and work hours.

It has been determined that the corporate`-owned McDonald's in California owe employees unpaid overtime wages. A trial to determine how much is owed is scheduled to begin soon. Damages in the case may reach into the millions of dollars. A California court recently ruled that the fast food company violated state law when it failed to credit night workers the full amount of overtime pay they were owed.

Next, the court will hold a trial to determine how much the fast food company must pay in damages to a class of approximately 13,000 current and former employees. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of thousands of current and former employees that alleged the fast food company failed to pay sufficient overtime, did not provide required rest breaks and committed other violations of the state labor code.

The fast food company and others of its franchisees previously settled another wage and hour case in California and agreed to pay $3.75 million. In the current case, problems with time keeping software were blamed and may impact franchisees that utilized the same software. Workers have important protections related to wage and hour violations and unpaid overtime. Because individuals and families depend on the income they earn at work, it is essential that they be fairly and legally compensated.

Earning a living to support a family can be challenging in many circumstances and when employers do not follow the law, it can become even more difficult. As a result, it is important that workers are familiar with their rights related to wages, overtime and hours worked and know how to enforce those rights when necessary.

Source: Bloomberg BNA, "McDonald's Faces Trial on Damages for Unpaid Overtime," Kevin McGowan, April 24, 2017

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