The lawsuit was originally filed by plaintiff Maria Sanchez in January 2013, but has subsequently been consolidated into a nationwide group of employment class actions against the fast food chain, all alleging illegal labor practices. The lawsuits claim that McDonalds' managers falsified time records to erase certain employees' actual hours of work, prohibited meal breaks, required unpaid work from employees before and after their shifts, and withheld overtime pay.
The lawsuit further alleges that McDonald' Corporation has tried to reduce "labor costs by requiring its restaurants to limit labor costs to a specific percentage of gross sales, causing managers to violate state labor laws to keep costs in line."
The plaintiffs are represented by Matthew J. Matern and Aubry Wand of the Matern Law Group, Michael Rubin, Barbara J. Chisholm and Matthew J. Murray of Altshuler Berzon LLP and Joseph M. Sellers and Abigail E. Shafroth of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.
The case is Maria Sanchez et al., v. McDonald's Restaurants of California Inc. et al., case number BC499888, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.