McDonald's Employees Stage Protest in 10 Major Cities Over Sexual Harassment

Ivan Schwartz
September 19, 2018

That campaign has focused on several companies, including McDonald's.

The strike is slated to begin during the lunch rush in major cities, including L.A., Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco and Chicago. Another woman from Gretna, Louisiana, said a co-worker would grab her hand and place it on his crotch, and would also grope her breasts and butt.

The group is asking the EEOC to consolidate and investigate all 10 charges filed in May and any additional allegations of sexual harassment that are still pending. She said all the women she knows in fast food have examples or know of people who have been affected. She was told she was acting "like a little girl" and was childish to complain about it.

"We must stand with the fearless McDonald's workers walking out today to demand the company address this epidemic of sexual harassment", he said.

Responding to rampant alleged sexual misconduct and emboldened by the #MeToo movement taking root nationally, McDonald's workers across 10 USA cities abandoned their restaurants at lunchtime Tuesday to take part in what is being hailed as the first multi-state strike to specifically target sexual harassment. "She couldn't face passing the manager, to have to hold it in all day, that's abusive", said Alvarez.

The Fight for $15, a national movement seeking to increase the minimum wage, has been pressurising the chain to increase wages and improve working conditions.

She pointed to victories by hotel workers in Chicago, where an ordinance now requires hotels to provide panic buttons to all workers who clean, restock, or take inventory alone in guest rooms and rest rooms.

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Advocates are calling on McDonald's to drop the law firm defending the Weinstein Co. from the roster of those counseling the fast-food chain on its sexual harassment policy.

In a statement, McDonald's said that it had "strong policies, procedures and training in place" to prevent sexual harassment. Since our founding, we've been committed to a culture that fosters the respectful treatment of everyone.

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".

But the legacy of abuse continues, workers say.

More than 50 protesters marched outside a McDonald's restaurant in Orlando at 9814 International Drive, south of the Orange County Convention Center.

- 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. "I felt like I was outside of my own body, watching what was happening".

"Managers feel it's not their problem", she added. "They don't take it seriously", said Harrell.

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