McDonald’s will pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit claiming that its restaurants failed to pay workers uniform maintenance pay and did not compensate them for time spent cleaning and pressing their uniforms.
The lawsuit, filed in New York federal court in March 2014, was brought against McDonald’s locations in New York State. Attorneys for the restaurant workers alleged that McDonald’s imposed cleanliness standards on its workers but failed to provide employees with mandated uniform maintenance payments required by New York law or pay them for the time spent keeping the uniforms clean. McDonalds denied liability, claiming that it provided workers with sufficient number of uniform’s that could be washed with other clothes.
The settlement covers an estimated 10,400 hourly non-managerial workers who worked at McDonald’s restaurants in New York State from March 13, 2008 through May 10, 2016. Each class member will receive a settlement payment calculated in accordance with a distribution formula based on the number of workweeks and hours worked during the covered period.