Workers hit McDonald’s with new sexual harassment claims

The restaurant industry, which employs half of American women at some point in their lives, has one of the country’s largest sexual harassment problems because its low-wage and largely female workforce is vulnerable to mistreatment from customers and colleagues.

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May 22, 2018

By Lisa Baertlein and Daniel Wiessner

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) ? Ten women who work at McDonald?s restaurants in Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles and six other cities have filed sexual harassment complaints in the past few days with the federal government against the company and its franchisees, which they said ignored or retaliated against them for such complaints.

The complaints, filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), are the latest effort by the union-backed Fight for $15 to have McDonald?s designated a ?joint employer? of workers at McDonald?s franchises and thereby liable when its franchisees violate labor laws.

The claimants, including a 15-year-old from St. Louis, said in a conference call with journalists that they were ignored, mocked or terminated for reporting the behavior. The accusations included claims that co-workers or supervisors sexually propositioned, groped or exposed themselves to the women.

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2 thoughts on “Workers hit McDonald’s with new sexual harassment claims

  1. Taken from the article:

    “Also, McDonald’s in April proposed settling a National Labor Relations Board case that allows it to avoid a joint employer ruling without paying any money to franchise workers who claimed they were fired, suspended or had their hours cut for participating in Fight for $15 protests calling for higher wages.”

    Either way, I don’t think this is going to end well. With kiosks and robots coming for these workers’ jobs, there is no incentive to even pretend to do anything about these abuses. Also, if I were so inclined to eat at this establishment, I would be wondering right about now, just what else is in that Big Mac ‘special sauce’? With sexual harassment taking place, maybe robots flipping burgers would be a better solution. But then, where are these people going to work? This entire situation is truly and sadly pitiful.

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