McDonald's: Stop paying employees with debit cards loaded with fees
By Natalie Gunshannon
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I was looking forward to my new job when I started working at a McDonald’s location
in April, but Pennsylvania
I was disappointed to find out that in order to be paid, I would have to activate
a JP Morgan Chase debit card with heavy fees attached.
I’m a young single mom. When I started my job at McDonald’s, I knew that I would
only be making slightly more than minimum wage. I didn’t expect that the only way
I would be paid would be on a debit card that would dock pay that I earned through
lots of different fees. When I asked if McDonald’s could pay me through direct deposit
to my local credit union, which doesn’t charge withdrawal fees, I was told that the
debit card was the only option.
These cards come with a lot of fees: from fees for cash withdrawals to balance inquiries
to lost or stolen cards to overdrafts and even inactivity fees. The federal government
has helped reduce fees on credit and debit cards that most consumers use, but those
protections don’t apply to the kinds of cards companies like McDonald's are using
to pay employees. In the end, I feared that
once all of the fees from getting my own hard-earned wages through this card were
taken out, my pay would go below minimum wage.
I decided to leave my job at McDonald’s not because I didn't like the people, but
because I think it's only fair that I get paid for all of my work there. Since I
quit, I’ve found out that paying employees through these cards with fees attached
is a growing trend among dozens of major employers. The New York Times reported that
last year roughly 4.6 million active payroll cards were issued by companies like
Like millions of other workers, I deserve to get fairly paid for my work. When I
stood up and spoke out against the lack of choices for employees, the local franchise
that I worked for announced that it would offer employees more options Pennsylvania
for payment. But I’ve seen that
employees at other McDonald’s franchises as far away as
are still dealing Milwaukee
with the same problems and that's not fair.
I think everyone should be given the choice of what they want to do with their hard-earned
McDonald’s should be a leader nationwide in ensuring that employees get to keep their
in full and I'm concerned for other McDonald's employees who don't have that option.
Will you join me in calling on McDonald’s to ensure that all employees nationwide
can keep their wages and chose to say no to fee-heavy cards?
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