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Fast-food Workers Protest Stolen Wages

Nine out of 10 fast food workers say some of their wages have gone missing.

After 89% of U.S. fast-food workers claimed some of their wages had gone missing in a national survey, dozens gathered to protest outside of a McDonald's in Los Angeles. 

The protest follows numerous lawsuits filed against McDonald's in California, Michigan and New York.

"In my check," said Jessica Garcia, who's a cashier at Burger King, "I don't get all the hours I work."

While McDonald's isn't the only company accused of under-paying in the survey, the company did issue a statement saying they are currently reviewing allegations in the lawsuit. 

Those present were also protesting for better working conditions.

"Usually, we come to work everyday, and we have to do the work of three people," said Samuel Quintero, a McDonald's employee. "It's nonstop everyday and there's conditions there when sometimes they don't turn on the [air conditioner]."

Protesters also rallied for the "Fight for 15," a national movement to make $15 the minimum wage for fast-food workers and start a workers' union.

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