The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in McDonald's favor in a long-running case filed by 20 workers who faced retaliation for trying to unionize.
The board says it favors a settlement that will require McDonald's franchisees to pay back wages to the affected workers.
The workers were seeking a ruling that would hold McDonald's responsible for infractions, not just its franchisees. But McDonald's insists the company doesn't directly employ the workers.
An administrative law judge with the labor board had rejected the settlement in March 2018, saying it was unlikely to end the dispute. McDonald's appealed to the full board.