Via America’s Lawyer: In a win for workers, a McDonald’s franchise in CA agrees to settle a 2020 lawsuit by providing its employees proper PPE, paid sick leave, and improved restaurant sanitization. Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio:             Finally tonight, some good news. A McDonald’s franchise has agreed to a major settlement that could have nationwide implications for fast food workers in the COVID era. Farron Cousins joins me again to talk about this case. You know, I remember we did a story early on in this, I don’t know if we talked about this, but McDonald’s was handing out dog diapers and they were handing out coffee filters to their employees to use as masks.

Farron Cousins:                  Right.

Mike Papantonio:             Do you remember this?

Farron Cousins:                  It was truly sickening.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  And of course, you know, they, at the same time, letting their employees get assaulted for telling customers, you had to wear a mask. But so this is a really great decision here. You’ve got this, it’s a single franchise out in California, but it does have nationwide impacts here because they finally agreed, okay, listen, we’ll give you real masks. We’ll give you the latex gloves. We’ll give you paid sick leave. Which is huge.

Mike Papantonio:             Really, that’s a big victory. That’s a big.

Farron Cousins:                  Very huge.

Mike Papantonio:             Yeah.

Farron Cousins:                  And so hopefully, we’ve already seen some inklings that the whole McDonald’s corporation may start moving in this direction. There is a big fight to try to make that happen.

Mike Papantonio:             14,000 US, 14,000 McDonald’s in the US. It’s like a super spreader.

Farron Cousins:                  It really is. And so if we can get these people protected, you know, they already have a difficult job where they’re treated insanely poorly. We have talked about the abuse they suffer plenty of times. So this is a great step for them and a victory for workers.

Mike Papantonio:             It’s come a long way only from, from lawsuits. That’s the only reason.

Farron Cousins:                  It is.

Mike Papantonio:             Lawyers saying, government won’t do it. Let me step in. Thank you for joining me. Okay.

Farron Cousins:                  Thank you.

Mike Papantonio:             That’s all for tonight. Find us on Twitter and on Facebook You can watch all RT America programs on Direct TV channel 321. Also stream them live on YouTube and be sure, check out RT’s new portable app, where you can watch all your favorite shows. I’m Mike Papantonio and this is America’s Lawyer where every week we tell you stories that corporate media is ordered not to tell because their advertisers won’t let them and because of their political affiliations don’t allow them to tell the story. Have a great night.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.