Progressive Congress Action Fund

McDonald’s: Stop Ripping Off Your Employees

Daniel ParkhurstComment

“We call on McDonalds and other fast food chains to stop paying their employees on prepaid cards instead of paychecks or direct deposit. After the hefty fees, many people who work in fast food end up making less than minimum wage. It’s outrageous and it has to stop: your employees should not have to pay money to get their money.”


It’s shameful that McDonald’s and other fast food chains are forcing prepaid cards that come with hefty fees on their employees, instead of paychecks. $1.75 to make a withdrawal, $1.50 to transfer it into a checking accounts, $0.50 per purchase – these fees add up to $40 or $50 per month for a lot of fast food employees who are already struggling to make ends meet.

It’s just plain wrong. And fast food companies are starting to feel the heat to defend it as we learn more about what a rip off they are. Already, one franchise in Pennsylvania has ended the practice, while the New York Attorney General has also started an investigation into their use.

We need to keep the pressure on and be LOUD. Tell McDonald’s and other fast food chains to stop paying their employees on prepaid cards.