The last time you ordered some Chicken McNuggets or a Big Mac, was it a McDonald’s employee who took your order, made the food and handed it to you? The National Labor Relations Board just handed down a ruling that decries that most likely, it was not a McDonald’s employee, but an employee who works for a McDonald’s franchise.
Over 90 percent of McDonald’s restaurants are franchises–that is owned by people other than McDonald’s corporate entity. Since 2012 McDonald’s has been in a court battle to determine whether it is a “joint employer” along with the franchise owners.
In 2012, a few McDonald’s franchise employees claimed they were punished for pro-union activities. This is patently illegal. The question was, is McDonald’s liable or strictly the franchise owners? If McDonald’s is a joint employer, then they can be held responsible for everything at the employee level–from missed overtime payments to sexual harassment.
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