California’s labor commissioner announced Thursday that four employees of a Los Angeles McDonald’s franchise who were fired in retaliation for raising concerns about workplace safety risks in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic have been reinstated.
Labor Commissioner Lilia Garcia-Brower said the company will also have to pay the workers $113,241 in combined lost wages, interest and retaliatory penalties.
The workers filed retaliation claims with the labor commissioner’s office in September 2020 after they were fired for raising concerns about being asked to reuse face masks and gloves and not being notified of positive cases of covid-19 among co-workers.
The McDonald̵7;s franchise was cited in February 2021, and the citations were then upheld by a hearing officer in February.
As part of the decision, McDonald’s will be required to remove negative references from the workers’ personnel files, and the restaurant must publicly post information about citations and violations.