McDonald’s Australia hit with class action over unpaid overtime. An Australian workers union has initiated a class action lawsuit against the local branch of McDonald’s (MCD.N), stating that the restaurant chain requested that current and past employees labor for free before and after their rostered shifts; the lawsuit was filed against McDonald’s.
The SDA union, which represents retail, fast food, and warehousing workers, is seeking backpay for A$100 million ($66.13 million). The organization claims McDonald’s failed to pay about 25,000 managers and supervisors throughout its 1,000 shops over six years.
The union claimed during the announcement that “McDonald’s and franchisees were engaging in a deliberate and systematic practice,” according to a statement they released on Friday.
According to a statement McDonald’s sent to Reuters, the fast food restaurant chain would respond to the accusations when appropriate. The statement also stated that McDonald’s takes its duties seriously under all applicable employment laws.
Mikayla Martin-Coats, who once worked as a shift supervisor and department manager at McDonald’s, said, “Getting to work thirty minutes early was not a choice; it was an exception.”
“McDonald’s is operating on a broken business model,” stated SDA National Secretary Gerard Dwyer, who asserted that the fast-food giant should not be demanding managers to work up to an additional hour every shift without compensation. Dwyer went on to say that McDonald’s should not be performing this requirement.