When single mother Natalie Gunshannon went to get her first paycheck from her new job at McDonald’s, she was in for a shock — McDonald’s gave her her wages on a fee-riddled debit card that would charge her every time she used it charging her $5 just for withdrawing money at the bank.
What’s more, when Natalie asked for a check, McDonald’s refused, saying she had to take the card — and the charges — or not take any money at all. This is a way for her local franchise operator to save a few dollars from the cost of cutting checks, by passing the burden on to its employees, pushing many of them below minimum wage.
Tell McDonald’s to ban the practice of forcing employees into fee-riddled debit cards.
The practice of replacing checks with expensive cards is gaining ground with employers around the country.It’s employee abuse, pure and simple telling workers that they have no choice but to accept unfair charges or go hungry.
But employers are forcing this upon their workers because they think they can get away with it. If consumers band together to punish businesses that engage in this horrendous practice, we can help stop it before it steals wages from more workers.
ABC News: McDonald's Worker Says She Was Forced to Accept Pay on Fee-Laden Debit Card, 17 June 2013