McDonald’s Accused of Treating Workers Like Modern-Day Slaves
McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE:MCD) Canada is facing investigation after a foreign worker from Belize went public with his story of “modern day slavery.” Jamie Montero, along with four other workers from Belize, were forced to live an apartment where they paid absurdly high rent to the company, which deducted the money from their paychecks and refused to pay the workers overtime.
Jamie Montero came to Edmonton, Alberta, along with four others in September 2013, to work at McDonald’s in the hopes of saving money that he could then send home to his family in Belize. The five workers quickly realized they would hardly be able to live in Canada, let alone send money home to their families. Records indicate that the workers were paid $11 an hour, and McDonald’s took $280 out of their pay each bi-weekly pay period, according to a report from CBC News on Thursday.
McDonald’s housed Montero and his co-workers at a penthouse apartment in downtown Edmonton. Records suggest the the fast food giant charged the Belizeans $600 more to live there than what the corporation had paid the landlord in rent, and Montero says that the apartment was very far from the McDonald’s where he worked; “it was too far away and too expensive,” Montero told CBC News, adding that his commute was more than an hour on public transit.