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

McDonald's workers strike over sexual harassment policy

McDonald's workers strike over sexual harassment policy

McDonald's workers across the USA are planning to walk out Tuesday during lunchtime in an effort to push the company to take a firmer stance against sexual harassment in the workplace.

Tuesday's strike comes four months after the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund filed 10 sexual harassment charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of women employed at McDonald's restaurants around the country.

A recent survey by Hart Research Associates shows 40-percent of female fast food workers experience unwanted sexual behaviors on the job.

In each instance, managers and supervisors stood by and did nothing while the harassment occurred; in some cases, workers' hours were docked after they filed internal complaints at their franchises.

Advocates have long complained that low-wage and blue-collar workers are highly vulnerable to sexual harassment, as they are more dependent on their monthly paychecks and often have fewer resources for help. For many women, the risks that come with filing a complaint are devastating, but they have been emboldened by the #MeToo Movement.

Organizers of the walkout say the striking L.A. workers will be cooks and cashiers. "I feel uncomfortable, afraid and upset", she said.

One St. Louis woman told 5 On Your Side that a guy she worked with constantly pushed and treated her inappropriately, but management did nothing.

Now, Lawson and her coworkers are sick of the lack of response from the people in power.

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.

Which cities are affected by the strike?

The objective of the strike is to confront sexual harassment allegations.

The employees are demanding, among other things, mandatory sexual harassment training for managers and a better enforcement of its "zero-tolerance" sexual harassment policy.

The corporate structure of the fast food giant makes demands for accountability easy to discourage. However, the firm regards its franchisees as independent business owners. She is one of several workers, mostly female, expected to strike Tuesday.

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.

McDonald's issued a statement saying they have engaged experts from RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, to look at company policies so all employees have a secure work environment.

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