People Love to Sue McDonald’s

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We previously covered Gunshannon’s suit against McDonald’s: She’s suing the fast food chain for forcing her to receive her wages through a payroll card. The payroll card required her to pay hefty fees for using the account, which she claims would ultimately bring her wages below the federal minimum.

Her lawsuit led to an inquiry from New York’s attorney general to large employers about their wage practices, and whether or not they violate New York labor laws if they offer payroll cards to employees.

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By now, most know about McDonald’s most infamous case, the “coffee lawsuit.”

In 1992, McDonald’s was sued by Stella Liebeck because she was burned by the fast-food chain’s hot coffee and had to be hospitalized and treated for third-degree burns on her body.

McDonald’s had admitted that they kept their coffee at temperatures that would have caused bodily harm, and Liebeck got $160,000 for compensatory damages and another $2.7 million in punitive damages.

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Just this past May, a singer from Brooklyn, New York sued McDonald’s for causing her to lose her voice after she bit into glass in a sandwich at a McDonald’s location by the World Trade Center.

Jacqueline Simpson, a gospel singer, says that the glass affected her singing voice and that it made her voice sound horse.

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Sometimes, the lawsuits verge on the ridiculous: Last year, a McDonald’s employee in the UK, Sarah Finch, was fired because she “had been a little too heavy-handed with the chocolate sprinkles” on a McFlurry she made for a customer. Say what?!

Finch sued the fast food restaurant, but it was a short-lived case, as McDonald's agreed to settle and pay her £3,000 in addition to providing her with a reference for future jobs.

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McDonald’s is on a roll with lawsuits in 2013 alone. In April, a customer protection agency in Brazil sued the company for $1.6 million, accusing them of “targeting children with its advertising and toys.”

They claim that McDonald’s was taking advantage of younger customers in order to sell their products, and according to Reuters, this penalty “is the latest in a series of increasingly aggressive tactics by local regulators, who recently have cracked down on big companies for perceived consumer abuses.”

  • guest

    One would hope she sounded hoarse, not horse.

  • Kahuna

    I hate people