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McDonald’s shuts down employee resource website

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‘Sell your presents’: McDonald’s advice to struggling employees

McDonald’s drew criticism for telling employees to eat less and sell their belongings to make ends meet.

NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) – McDonald’s is shutting down a website intended to provide employees with work and life guidance after it generated negative publicity for the company.

Media and labor groups, such as the “Low Pay is Not Okay” campaign that helped organize strikes by fast-food workers, have criticized the McResource program for creating unrealistic budgets and offering advice that was out of touch with its workers’ pay. Last week, CNBC reported that the website, which is run by an outside company, discouraged eating fast food as part of its tips for healthy living.

Earlier this week, the website advised employees not to eat fast food, stating, “It is hard to eat a healthy diet when you eat a fast-food restaurants often. Many foods are cooked with a lot of fat, even if they are not trans fats.”

Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald’s said Thursday that irrelevant or outdated information and content taken out of context from the website generated “unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary.