The same group that organized local protests against the fast food industry last month will hold another demonstration Thursday night to call attention to allegations from a former manager of a Charleston McDonald's that she was pressured to shave time off employees' time sheets.
Local fast-food workers, faith leaders and representatives of the Charleston branch of the NAACP will gather at 6 p.m. outside of Church's Chicken at 492 Meeting St.
Lakia Williams, identified as a former assistant manager of an unspecified McDonald's in Charleston, said she "engaged in tactics such as asking employees to continue working after they clocked out or adding unpaid breaks to time sheets," according to a report published Tuesday by Bloomberg Businessweek.
Williams is quoted in the article as saying she felt pressured by McDonald's Corp. to keep labor costs down.
A company spokeswoman told Bloomberg Businessweek that all employees are entitled to receive the pay they agreed to when starting work.
"McDonald's and our independent owner-operators share a concern and commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all people who work in McDonald's restaurants," Heather Oldani said in an e-mail. "Whether employed by McDonald's or by our independent owner-operators, employees should be paid correctly."
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