NLRB: McDonald’s violates worker rights

WASHINGTON – The National Labor Relations Board is filing a complaint against McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees over worker rights.

The board’s chief counsel contends the company is violating the rights of employees working at its many restaurants around the country. Hearings are set for March on whether to pursue disciplinary steps.

Violations include discouraging workers from activities “aimed at improving their wages and working conditions.”

The NLRB is a federal agency that resolves employee-management disputes in the private sector. It disclosed in July it had received 181 complaints against McDonald’s and its franchisees since November 2012.

The agency contends the company and its franchisees are joint-employers of the fast-food workers. McDonald’s denies that claim.