Woman Sues McDonald’s Over Prepaid Debit Card

A Pennsylvania woman is suing McDonald’s for forcing her to use a prepaid debit card to access to her money.

Natalie Gunshannon worked at the fast food franchise for less than a month and was outraged when she learned the company required employees to accept payment on a J.P. Morgan Chase payroll card.

The 27-year-old said that the card came with many fees including $1.50 for an ATM withdrawal, $5 for over-the-counter cash withdrawals, and $1 to check the balance.

“I’m looking for the pay I am owed and for them to understand there has to be an option,” she said.

Gunshannon made just $7.44 an hour at McDonald’s and could not afford to pay any extra fees to access her money. “I need to receive all the money I earn,” she said. “I can’t afford to lose even a few dollars per paycheck. I just think people should be paid fairly and not have to pay fees to get their wages.”

Albert and Carol Mueller, the couple who own the McDonald’s, declined to comment directly on the lawsuit but insisted that they care about their employees.

“We value our employees and everything they do for our organization,” the couple said in a statement. “We are committed to providing them the best possible work environment so they can deliver the fast, reliable service that our customers expect.”

Gunshannon isn’t the only person who has filed a lawsuit against McDonald’s. In May, a New York woman sued the franchise after she bit into a piece of glass while eating a chicken sandwich. Gospel singer Jacqueline Simpson claimed that the incident has ruined her voice.

“Now when I sing, I have a hoarse, rattly voice. I still sing alto, but I can’t sing soprano like I used to,” she said.

Do you think Gunshannon is in the right for suing McDonald’s?

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