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$870K In Back Wages Paid To Conn. McDonald's Employees Following State Investigation

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The Connecticut Department of Labor said restaurant owners returned more than $870,000 in back wages to hundreds of McDonald’s employees at Connecticut travel plazas.

The owed wages come from three McDonald’s locations at Interstate 95 travel plazas in Fairfield and Darien. All three are owned by a New Canaan-based LLC.

Frank Soults is with the union that represents service workers at Connecticut travel plazas.

“Though this is a victory, it’s just the first step onto the path of getting the workers the rights and respect that they’re due,” Soults said.

Service plaza workers have complained about a lack of paid sick time, proper training and protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic.

The payouts ranged from less than $14 to more than $12,000. The state Department of Labor said the owners cooperated with the investigation and paid back the wages.