Last month, fast food workers across America filed several class action lawsuits alleging illegal wage theft by their employers. If you think that's a far-fetched problem, take a look at these new poll results.
This poll of more than 1,000 fast food workers across the country was commissioned by the same labor-led coalition driving the ongoing movement for higher wages in the fast food industry. With that caveat, here are some of its results—the most prominent being that 89% of fast food employees say they have experienced some sort of wage theft on the job. The percentage reporting other violations include:
Have been required to perform tasks before clocking in, or after clocking out: 60%
Have not been paid for all hours worked or all tasks performed: 46%
Not allowed a break every time I worked a shift of 6+ hours: 43%
Have had the cost of uniform items deducted from my paycheck: 40%
Have received my paycheck late or been asked to wait a day or more before cashing it: 38%
None of this should be too surprising for anyone who's worked for a bad manager at McDonalds. The fact that some of our nation's lowest-paid workers are subject to these violations on a routine basis makes it all the more outrageous.