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McDonald’s Payroll Cards Broke Pa. Wage Law, Judge Says

Law360, New York (June 2, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that the franchisee behind 16 McDonald’s restaurants ran afoul of the state’s wage law by paying employees with debit cards, rejecting the argument that the cards are equivalent to checks but clearing the case for immediate appeal.

Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. said Friday that the plaintiffs, a certified class of 2,380 employees who worked for McDonald's locations owned and operated by Carol and Albert Mueller, were not paid properly under the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law because the JPMorgan Chase payroll cards they received were neither checks nor “lawful money of the United...

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