McDonald's closes employee website amid criticism

11:24 AM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
The sign for McDonald's restaurant is seen October 7, 2010 in Hudson, Wisconsin. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
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(AP) - 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.

Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's said Thursday that irrelevant or outdated information and content taken out of context from the website generated "unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary."

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