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McDonald’s and Staples Are Running A Fake Pay Rate Scam

Corporations are promising fake pay rates and false positions to job applicants, only to take it away in the final offer.

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Major corporations are scamming desperate job seekers looking for a livable income. By listing fake pay rates and senior positions, corporations are able to reel in workers looking for a living wage. 

In collaboration with journalist Eoin Higgins, we spoke to job seekers who were duped into low-paying jobs. 

Workers said throughout job listings and interviews with major corporations that their listed pay was somewhat above expectations. When they were finally hired, workers were shocked to confront the false advertising: their actual wage. 

“They teased me with this possibility of being able to provide for myself, to take care of myself in this rugged individualist society that we have. 10 dollars an hour forces me to rely on other people,” Alex, a Staples worker, said. 

By this point, workers are often forced to accept or risk losing their unemployment benefits for rejecting employment. 

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