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Suit: McDonald's wages put on costly debit card

By Maryclaire Dale

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:54 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2013


PHILADELPHIA » Would you like fees with that?

A Pennsylvania woman wants just the beef, not the fees she says she'll be charged to get her McDonald's wages from a debit card.

Single mom Natalie Gunshannon has filed suit over bank fees that allegedly include $1.00 to check her balance, $1.50 to withdraw cash and $15 to replace a lost card.

The 27-year-old Gunshannon, who lives near Wilkes-Barre, says the JPMorgan Chase payroll card was her only payment option.

Her suit names franchise owners Albert and Carol Mueller, who employ about 800 people at 16 McDonald's restaurants in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Gunshannon's lawyer, Michael Cefalo, says employers and banks are "squeezing the most vulnerable" workers.

The Muellers' spokeswoman had no immediate comment. A message left with JPMorgan Chase Tuesday was not immediately returned.







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Mahalo wrote:
Maybe if you would pay the bank that you had an account with that you owe your overdraft fees too you would be able to open an account at a bank or credit union you wouldn't have to go this route. I don't feel that sorry for you
on June 18,2013 | 11:33AM
jm3 wrote:
"The 27-year-old Gunshannon, who lives near Wilkes-Barre, says the JPMorgan Chase payroll card was her only payment option" Mahalo, dont assume what you dont know...
on June 18,2013 | 11:43AM
IAmSane wrote:
That's not even the issue here. The employer was forcing their employees to paid through these debit cards, and only through these debit cards. Wouldn't matter if those employees had a bank account or not.
on June 18,2013 | 11:54AM
Mahalo wrote:
Really where in the article does it say the employer forced them it said her only option was the card which could and probably means she couldn't do a direct deposit and they don't issue checks anymore so she had to go with this method. Only 1 employee complaining over the 800 others that have direct deposits most likely.
on June 18,2013 | 01:38PM
IAmSane wrote:
"The 27-year-old Gunshannon, who lives near Wilkes-Barre, says the JPMorgan Chase payroll card was her only payment option."
on June 18,2013 | 02:43PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Give it a rest and please stop sitting in judgment over a woman you don't know. Mahalo.
on June 18,2013 | 02:45PM
ryan02 wrote:
I guess it would depend on Pennsylvania's wage and hour laws. In Hawaii, employees have to be paid by cash or check convertible to cash "at full face value" so I suppose what the employer is doing in this article would be illegal in Hawaii. I don't know about Pennsylvania though. And I also wonder what benefit the employers are getting from this -- any kickback from Chase?
on June 18,2013 | 12:06PM
IAmSane wrote:
"And I also wonder what benefit the employers are getting from this -- any kickback from Chase?"

Probably. And probably also trying to save money by not issuing paper checks.
on June 18,2013 | 01:06PM
inlanikai wrote:
Let's call it a Finder's Fee. Yes, I am sure there is something in it for the employer. Maybe not directly but if he does his corporate banking at Chase he may be getting reduced fees on the other banking services his company uses.
on June 19,2013 | 05:56AM
control wrote:
Lots of low-income folks can't afford a rip-off bank account and live cash-only economies. Most probably aren't aware that credit unions exist .They are substantially cheaper options with fewer and lower fees. They are also more customer friendly because you are an owner not a customer. JP Morgan Chase is one of those Wall Street types with CEO's who bleed customers dry.
on June 18,2013 | 03:41PM
connie wrote:
Predatory. McDonalds and JPMorgan Chase will pay.
on June 18,2013 | 10:21PM
koolau wrote:
It would be interesting to find out if the Muellers are receiving kickback or special treatment in some form from JPMorgan for channeling their payroll business to them. That would not be an uncommon practice.
on June 19,2013 | 04:54AM
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