As reported by Law360 (subscription), an Illinois federal judge has denied McDonald’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit alleging the fast food giant illegally limits employee pay and mobility between its franchises in violation of U.S. antitrust laws. The lawsuit advances claims that McDonald’s practices violated the antitrust laws relating to employment, artificially depressing workers’ wages and restricting their ability to move to other stores within the McDonald’s system, limiting career mobility and advancement.

In an order issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso found that contrary to McDonald’s arguments, the plaintiffs had shown sufficient evidence to back up claims they were harmed by the chain’s allegedly anti-competitive hiring pacts and therefore had standing to bring suit.

Judge Alonso further noted that the named plaintiff had “adequately alleged standing by alleging the no-hire agreement depressed her wages.”

The Judge also deemed that the suit was not time-barred because the named plaintiff filed it less than a year after the last time she got a paycheck she claims should have been bigger were it not for McDonald’s misbehavior.

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Franchise restaurant employees may have legal claims against McDonald’s and other restaurants if their job opportunities or wages have been suppressed by illegal no-poach agreements. We urge you to contact attorneys Lin Y. Chan or Yaman Salahi via the form on this page for a free, confidential, and no-obligation review of your case.

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