Lawyers for the plaintiffs said they are demanding the return of "stolen wages," the Chicago Tribune reported. Seven lawsuits were filed, five of them naming some franchisees as defendants along with the McDonald's Corp., based in Oak Brook, Ill.
The plaintiffs are all seeking class-action status. The lawyers involved said in a conference call the litigation is seeking money damages for failure to pay overtime and for unpaid work and a pledge by McDonald's to change its practices.
In court papers, the lawsuits also charge that McDonald's employees were forced to pay for their own uniforms and for having uniforms cleaned.