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via NY Daily News:
She asked for paper – but all they offered was plastic.
A Pennsylvania woman is now suing the McDonald’s franchise that refused to pay her by check and instead insisted on employees using payroll debit cards.
“I’m looking for the pay I am owed and for them to understand there has to be an option,” Natalie Gunshannon, 27, told the Citizen’s Voice newspaper.
Gunshannon worked less than a month at the Shavertown McDonald’s location when she learned that the franchise required employees to accept payment on a J.P. Morgan Chase payroll card. But the card, she contends, imposes fees on virtually every transaction, creating a monetary and physical barrier to her hard-earned cash. Among the costs, according to her lawsuit: $1.50 for an ATM withdrawal, $5 for over-the-counter cash withdrawals and $1 to check the balance. There’s even a charge to pay a bill online or if the card is lost or stolen.
Gunshannon is one of several plaintiffs in the class action, filed last week, against Albert and Carol Mueller, the owners of 15 McDonald’s stores in Pennsylvania.
Such a payment option has been embraced by large corporations like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Lowe’s Cos. Inc., The Home Depot and FedEx Corp.