McDonald's Franchise Sued over Payroll Cards

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

According to the lawsuit, the J.P. Morgan Chase payroll card charges different fees for numerous transactions. They include a $1.50 minimum charge for an ATM withdrawal, $5 for an over-the-counter cash withdrawal, $1 to check the balance, 75 cents per online bill payment and $15 to replace a lost or stolen card.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) -- A single mother who worked at a northeastern Pennsylvania McDonald's franchise is suing the owners after she was given a fee-laden debit card and told to use it to access her earnings.

The Citizens' Voice and the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre report that a lawsuit was filed Thursday in Luzerne County on behalf of Natalie Gunshannon and other employees.

Gunshannon says she didn't enroll in the payroll system because she believed the fees would bump her earnings below minimum wage. Her lawyer says state law entitles employees to choose to be paid by options including check or cash.

The lawsuit seeks damages against the franchise owners, Albert and Carol Mueller. They say they value their employees and want to provide the best possible work environment.

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