McDonald’s Workers Call Attention To Sexual Harassment With Lunchtime Protest

19 September, 2018, 16:00 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • McDonald's workers walk out in 10 US cities over 'sexual harassment epidemic'

"We have strong policies, procedures and training in place specifically created to prevent sexual harassment", a spokesman said in a statement.

But Mary Joyce Carlson, an attorney for the Fight for $15 campaign, told Jezebel she doubts the company's stated commitment to ameliorating the complaints.

The walkouts are happening in select McDonald's stores: Chicago; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando, Florida; San Francisco and St. Louis. "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".

The company also said it had engaged prevention and response experts "to evolve our policies so everyone who works at McDonald's does so in a secure environment every day". The employees filed formal complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and received legal aid from the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which formed to provide support to women who had experienced workplace harassment.

McDonald's spokesperson Andrea Abate said in a statement, "We have strong policies, procedures and training in place specifically created to prevent sexual harassment".

On Tuesday Harrell and hundreds of other McDonald's workers will protest outside the fast-food giant's restaurants in 10 cities across the USA, highlighting what they claim is an epidemic of sexual harassment for workers that they say the company has done little to address.

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They said they could not predict with precision how many workers would join the strike, but noted that hundreds of workers had participated in the committee meetings at which the strike was planned. Workers want McDonald's to form a committee on sexual harassment that has workers, corporate representatives and leaders of national women's groups on board.

In Harrell's May complaint filed against McDonald's operator Jamjomar Inc.in Louisiana, she said she felt "helpless" after supervisors ignored her complaints about an employee touching her constantly without her consent. She was told she was acting "like a little girl" and was childish to complain about it. No action was taken against the co-worker.

Workers at USA locations of the global fast food chain walked out at lunchtime Tuesday.

- Fight For 15 Nor Cal (@NorCalFF15) September 18, 2018 Kim was sexually harrassed at McDonalds twice at McDonalds before she filed a lawsuit to stop the harrassment. Now, fast food employees are challenging the toxic climate in their workplace.

At the New Orleans protest, McDonald's employees arrived at a restaurant with red tape over their mouths emblazoned with the #MeToo phrase. "They don't take it seriously", said Harrell.

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