NLRB: McDonald’s Retaliation Against Workers Who Participated In Protests Violates Their Rights

Posted: December 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Consumerist

(epicharmus) (epicharmus) McDonald’s and some of its franchisees retaliated against workers who participated in protests and other demonstrations over hours and working conditions, the National Labor Relations Board said today, in announcing several complaints it filed accusing the fast-food chain of violating workers’ rights with “discriminatory discipline.”

Regional offices of the NLRB filed 13 complaints today covering 78 specific charges, the organization said, though some of those complaints have been settled or to be found without merit since the investigation started in 2012.

And because the position of the NLRB is that McDonald’s HQ exerts such an influence over its franchisees that it should be treated as a joint employer alongside the franchisees, the chain is charged as a co-employer in addition to the franchise owners named in the complaints.

A spokeswoman for the company challenges that view, saying in a statement (via UPI) that McDonald’s…

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