McDonald's workers in three states filed lawsuits against the fast-food chain this week, saying the company engages in a variety of illegal practices to avoid paying them what they're owed.
The suits in California, Michigan and New York against McDonald's Corp. and its franchisees come amid growing attention on the country's wealth disparities.
While the type of violations outlined in the suits aren't specific to McDonald's, lawyers said they targeted the company because it's an industry leader.
Taken together, the suits seeking class-action status could affect roughly 30,000 workers, lawyers said during a conference call arranged by organizers of the recent fast-food protests.
They seek back pay and other damages.