Last week, McDonald's workers in New York, California, and Michigan filed class-action lawsuits against the fast-food giant. They claim Mickey D's "illegally underpaid employees by erasing hours from their time cards, not paying overtime, and ordering them to work off the clock," according to the New York Times.
The combined lawsuits demand that McDonald's, which earned nearly $5.6 billion in profits in 2013, pay back the stolen wages and stop its illegal theft of workers' pay.
Today, the fight for workers' rights and a living wage comes to Miami when local fast-food workers, community leaders, and residents protest outside the McDonald's at 3501 Biscayne Blvd. in midtown.
At 9 a.m., the workers will speak out against the company that employs them, calling the corporation out on what they are calling "illegal wage theft." The workers will be led by Cynthia Hernandez, a researcher at Florida International University's RISEP Institute, and Kit Rafferty, director of South Florida Voices for Working Families.
Employees are rallying for fast-food companies to raise the minimum wage at fast-food restaurants to $15 an hour and the right to unionize. The protest is being organized by lowpayisnotok.org, the group that staged an epic rap battle pitting Ronald McDonald against the Burger King in an attempt to make their point about fair wages for workers.
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