Democracy Now! was there when a group of fast-food workers rallied in front of a New York City McDonald’s March 18 in support of lawsuits accusing the company of wage theft. Employees have filed suit in three states, claiming McDonald’s and its franchises have stolen their wages through a range of illegal practices. Workers’ accusations include being forced to work while off the clock, having hours deleted from their time cards and being denied meal and rest breaks. McDonald’s worker Franklin La Paz said he’s been consistently overworked and underpaid. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James told the protesters she will formally propose a measure to establish a hotline for workers to report wage theft. McDonald has responded with a statement that they will investigate the claims.
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