A court in Brazil this week ruled that fast food giant McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there.  The franchise manager was employed by McDonald’s for twelve years and said that he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure that quality standards remained high.  Additionally, he said that the company offered free lunches to employees which added to his caloric intake while on the job.  McDonald’s has not yet determined if it will appeal the court’s decision.  McDonald’s did; however, note that it offers “a large variety of options and balanced menus to cater (to) the daily dietary needs of its employees.”