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NLRB Judge Rejects McDonald's Proposed Settlement on Retaliation

Bloomberg logoBloomberg 7/17/2018 Josh Eidelson

(Bloomberg) -- A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge rejected a settlement proposed by McDonald’s Corp. to settle a long-running workplace-retaliation case.

The agreement would have resolved allegations by McDonald’s franchise employees that they were fired for their participation in the “Fight For $15” workers pay movement backed by the Service Employees International Union.

Critics including Senator Elizabeth Warren and attorneys for the union-backed Fast Food Workers Organizing Committee had accused the labor board’s Trump-appointed general counsel of trying to railroad workers into a rushed settlement that would let McDonald’s avoid being found legally liable as a “joint employer” of workers whose paychecks come from the chain’s franchisees.

Representatives of the NLRB and McDonald’s didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the decision.

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