McDonald's Ordered To Pay $17,500 To Employee Who Got Fat On The Job

A former manager at a McDonald’s in Brazil won a lawsuit against the fast food giant, in which he claimed the company was the cause of the 65 pounds he packed on during his 12 years on the job.

From the AP:

The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald’s hired “mystery clients” to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.

The man also said the company offered free lunches to employees, adding to his caloric intake while on the job.

In a statement released after the ruling, McDonald’s said that not everything on its menu will make you fat: “The chain offers a large variety of options and balanced menus to cater (to) the daily dietary needs of its employees.”

The company says it is weighing the decision of whether or not to appeal the court’s ruling.

Judge: McDonald’s must pay obese employee $17.5K [AP]