A 27-year-old McDonald's employee in Pennsylvania was singing the old Burger King theme song last week: She wanted it her way. And she's going to sue to make her point.
Philly.com reported yesterday that Natalie Gunshannon was expecting to get a paycheck after working at a McDonald's in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania from April 24 through May 15. "When she received her first paycheck," the philly.com story says, "enclosed was a Chase Bank debit card with instructions on how to use it and the fees attached.
"Her future earnings would be deposited into the debit card account and she could access her money from there.... When she returned to work she asked her supervisor if she could be paid by check or by direct deposit. She was told the card was the only option."
This is not an unusual trend. At least one corporate restaurant chain is testing the idea of paying servers their tips on debit cards. The sticking point, for the employees getting the card, is the fees.
In the case of Natalie Gunshannon, her card (which accrued her $7.44 hourly pay) would cost her $1.50 for ATM withdrawals, $5 for over-the-counter cash withdrawals, $1 per balance inquiry, 75 cents per online bill payment, and $15 for a lost or stolen card. According to Gunshannon's attorney, Mike Cefalo, the debit card fees are "another example of corporate greed."
Pennsylvania law states that employees are entitled to have a choice to be paid by check or cash.