Ex-Employee Hits McDonald's With Suit Over No-Hire Policy

Law360, Springfield (June 29, 2017, 4:04 PM EDT) -- A former employee of a Florida McDonald's franchise sued the fast-food giant in Illinois federal court Wednesday, claiming that a policy prohibiting employee poaching that all franchisees must agree to is anti-competitive to the detriment of employees.

Leilani Deslandes, a former department manager at a McDonald's franchise in Apopka, Florida, said in her putative class action that the noncompete clause caused her to lose out on a higher-paying job at a competing McDonald's in the Orlando area in 2015. Deslandes alleged that the "no-hire" clause contained in every McDonald's franchise agreement constitutes a violation of antitrust laws both at the federal level...

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