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March 18, 2014

Fast-food protests shift focus to 'wage theft'

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NEW YORK —

In Los Angeles, a crowd of 50 demonstrated at a McDonald's for about a half-hour. The group held a brief press conference outside before marching inside with banners and signs. In Boston, about 40 people waved signs reading "Stop Stealing Now" and chanted "Every nickel, every dime, we deserve our overtime!"

They entered a mostly empty McDonald's and confronted a manager, who explained that he didn't have the authority to respond to their claims.

In a statement, the National Restaurant Association called the demonstrations "orchestrated union PR events where the vast majority of participants are activists and paid demonstrators."

The demonstrations are a follow-up to lawsuits filed last week in three states on behalf of workers, who said they had their wages stolen by McDonald's and its franchisees. Workers said money was deducted from their paychecks for their uniforms and that they were sometimes made to wait around before they could clock in, according to the lawsuits.

The workers were referred to attorneys by the protest organizers.

McDonald's, which has more than 14,000 U.S. locations, has said it will investigate the allegations and take any necessary action.

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