|By Bill O'Boyle, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.|
"Now that the
Cefalo noted an Internet story cited a
Since the lawsuit was filed, the Muellers have informed their 700 employees in their 16 stores that they now have two other options to be paid — paper check or direct deposit — in addition to the debit cards, Cefalo said. "Since they offered options, the flood-gates have opened," Cefalo said. "Our firm is being bombarded with so many calls and emails, the staff of 30-plus cannot keep up."
More than 200 people have contacted the law firm regarding the use of debit cards for payment of wages, he said.
"This issue is getting so big that I expect legislation — either national or state — to come out of it," Cefalo said. "And that would make me happy and my client as well. That would assure that this doesn't happen again."
The AP article states the letters request documents related to the payroll card systems used by each business so that they can ensure the companies comply with laws that try to keep workers from being beset by fees for using the cards. It said nearly 4 million U.S. households, or 3.2 percent, have someone receiving wages on a payroll card, according to a 2011 survey by the
Earlier this week
The debit card carries with it several fees, and Gunshannon felt she could receive less than minimum wage if she used the debit card and incurred the fees. She opted to quit her job. Gunshannon, a 27-year-old single mother, said she is looking for another job.
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