News

McDonald’s must pay manager who became obese

McDonald's must pay one of its former franchise managers $17,500 — because he became obese while on the job.

Fast food giant considering an appeal

McDonald's must pay one of its former franchise managers $17,500 — because he became obese while on the job.

McDonald's has been order to pay a former manager in Brazil $17,500 because he became obese while eating on the job. ((Seth Perlman/Associated Press))

The ruling was made this week by a Brazilian court.

The 32-year-old former manager worked at McDonald's for about 12 years and says he gained 65 pounds during that time.

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

His identity was not released.

The Brazilian headquarters of the American fast food giant said in a statement that it's considering appealing the ruling.

McDonald's also notes in the statement that it offers healthier food choices.

now