Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

McDonald's Staff In 10 US Cities Protest Over Workplace Sexual Harassment

McDonald's Staff In 10 US Cities Protest Over Workplace Sexual Harassment

"We have policies, procedures and training in place that are specifically created to prevent sexual harassment at our company and company-owned restaurants, and we firmly believe that our franchisees share this commitment".

Adrianna Alvarez, who has worked for McDonald's in Chicago for nine years, says the problem is "nationwide, worldwide".

The affected cities include Chicago; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Los Angeles and San Francisco; Miami and Orlando, Florida; Milwaukee; and New Orleans.

A colleague she occasionally gave lifts to started touching her inappropriately at work, grabbing her breasts and backside and asking her to touch his penis.

"The walkout is believed to be the first US strike to confront sexual harassment in more than 100 years", according to advocacy group Fight for $15, which is coordinating the event.

In an email to the Associated Press, McDonald's said it has "policies, procedures and training in place that are specifically created to prevent sexual harassment at our company and company-owned restaurants, and we firmly believe that our franchisees share this commitment".

Staff at McDonald's restaurants in 10 United States cities walked out on Tuesday over claims the fast food giant is not doing enough to prevent sexual harassment.

She said she left McDonald's for a while in 2017 and is now working at a different store.

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Since 2016, more than two dozen McDonald's workers have filed complaints with the US National Labor Relations Board, alleging their reports of harassment were ignored, mocked or met with retaliation.

Employees shouldn't have to "choose between a paycheck and enduring abuse", said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center, which administers the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund. She is one of several workers, mostly female, expected to strike Tuesday.

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 another incident, an employee said she had reported being groped by a co-worker at a New Orleans outlet. Now, fast food employees are challenging the toxic climate in their workplace.

The strike is related to the Fight For $15 movement, in which workers are calling for a better minimum wage.

"We are committed to cultivating a work environment that is reflective of our values, and we will not tolerate mistreatment of anyone", Lonardo said.

- 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.

The #MeToo movement has triggered sexual harassment victims across the restaurant industry to speak out about improper behavior in the workplace.

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