Rep. Barbara Lee led a group of protesters into an East Oakland McDonald’s Tuesday to protest what she called “illegal wage theft.” reports that three McDonald’s franchisees in California have been hit with a class action lawsuit, accusing the restaurants of stealing employees’ money by forcing them to work off the clock, shaving hours off their time cards and not paying them overtime.

“It takes a lot of courage to do this … You inspire me,” Lee told the protesters, before police moved the group outside. “You deserve to live the American dream. You deserve fair wages.”