Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

McDonald’s workers plan first multistate strike amid claims company ignores sexual harassment

McDonald’s workers plan first multistate strike amid claims company ignores sexual harassment

The organization Fight for $15, which formed to fight for fair wages in the restaurant industry, organized the nationwide protest after learning about repeated cases of harassment that female employees experienced over several years, organizers said.

Bolstered by the success of the #MeToo movement, where high-profile women have decried sexual harassment in the workplace, they are hoping the strike will highlight the plight of women and LGBT workers in low-paid jobs who face similar issues on a daily basis but whose struggles rarely make the headlines. She alleged that a co-worker verbally and physically harassed her, the AP reported.

"The comments kept coming about my lips about, how my uniform fitted me in all the right places, how I'd looked good on top of them". In May, 10 sexual harassment charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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 want people to think they care, but they don't care", Harrell told the AP. They told her she was acting "like a little girl" about it.

Instead of taking action, her managers mocked the woman and said "she was probably giving the worker "sex appeal".

Twitter is Bringing Back The Chronological Feed That We Dearly Missed
However, it also has received input from some Twitter members that occasionally they would like to see their Twitter feed in chronological order.


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. Harrell never reported the incident because she said her previous complaints had fallen on deaf ears.

In an unprecedented move, fast food workers in a number of cities across the United States went on strike Tuesday to protest sexual harassment. They are being backed by the Fight for $15 low-wage group and the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, founded earlier this year to help provide lawyers for women who don't have the money to hire one.

McDonald's, in an e-mail to The Associated Press, said its anti-harassment efforts are strong. A warning for readers, what she said is graphic in nature.

In a statement, McDonald's said the company has "strong policies, procedures and training in place specifically created to prevent sexual harassment. To ensure we are doing all that can be done, we have engaged experts in the areas of prevention and response including, RAINN, to evolve our policies so everyone who works at McDonald's does so in a secure environment every day".

"We can no longer accept that one out of two workers experience workplace sexual violence under their watch", she said of McDonald's.

Like this: