Kansas City McDonald's workers to join nationwide protest on sexual harassment

19 September, 2018, 06:10 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • McDonald's Staff In 10 US Cities Protest Over Workplace Sexual Harassment

The protest follows sexual harassment claims filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May on behalf of 10 women, including one in Chicago.

In Chicago, one of the targeted cities, several dozen protesters rallied in front of McDonald's headquarters while a plane flew overhead with a banner reading, "McDonald's: Stop Sexual Harassment".

In another incident, an employee said she had reported being groped by a co-worker at a New Orleans outlet. The statement in question claims, "This committee would chart a path forward to make sure nobody who works for McDonald's faces sexual harassment on the job".

While several speakers at the Orlando event were African-American women who said they were victims of sexual harassment, numerous protesters were pushing for a $15 hourly wage and a union for McDonald's workers. They told her she was acting "like a little girl" about it. "When they have tainted lettuce in 17 states, they don't say, 'Oh, this is only a problem for the franchisee.' They go to work trying to solve the problem across the system".

In a coordinated strike, female employees of McDonald's in ten cities are walking out at lunchtime to protest the company's lack of response to complaints about sexual harassment and assault. The teen reported it to her manager, who allegedly told her, "You will never win that battle".

Organizers said the strike is targeting McDonald's restaurants in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, San Francisco and St. Louis, as well as Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; and Orlando, Florida.

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In a statement McDonald's said: "There is no place for harassment or discrimination of any kind at McDonald's".

"People are scared. They worry that if they complain it will affect their legal status, they could get fired or there could be retaliation", she said.

"We have strong policies, procedures and training in place specifically created to prevent sexual harassment", McDonald's said. No action was taken against the co-worker.

The company also disclosed a new initiative that will engage outside experts to work with the company to help "evolve" those policies and procedures. "We will continue - as we always have - to look at ways to do even more to ensure that McDonald's values are reflected in every restaurant, every day". Lawson said, "I'm a single mom, I want to set the right example for my child by speaking out about something that happened to me that is wrong".



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