McDonald's Employees To Go On Nationwide Strike

  • McDonald's Employees To Go On Nationwide Strike

McDonald's Employees To Go On Nationwide Strike

- McDonald's workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday in what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

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.

Organizers of the walkout say the striking L.A. workers will be cooks and cashiers.

In the filing, one 20-year-old woman in Durham, North Carolina, reported that a shift manager once told her he wanted to have a threesome with her and a co-worker; another manager repeatedly called her "hot ass", "hot pants" and "hot mama".

In an email to the AP, McDonald's officials wrote, "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".

RAINN is an anti-sexual violence organization that provides training and assists those affected by sexual violence.

Fight for $15 officials, however, said McDonald's is not doing enough.

"It is absurd that in response to workers' demands to strengthen sexual harassment and abuse policies, McDonald's has chosen to hire Seyfarth Shaw at Work", Shaunna Thomas, executive director of the women's advocacy group UltraViolet, said in an emailed statement.

McDonald's workers across the USA are planning to walk out during lunchtime Tuesday in an effort to push the company to take a firmer stance against sexual harassment in the workplace. They said the panel should be made up of workers, corporate and franchise representatives and leaders of national women's groups.

One of those employees making demands is Tanya Harrell, a McDonald's worker from Louisiana. The lack of unions and employee advocates also make it harder for workers to assert their rights.

"It's sad that we have to walk off the job in order to be treated with respect at McDonald's, but we're not going to stay quiet while the company ignores the harassment we're facing", Harrell said in a press release ahead of the strike. That campaign has focused on several companies, including McDonald's.

The complaints named both McDonald's franchisees and the company itself.

At the New Orleans protest, McDonald's employees arrived at a restaurant with red tape over their mouths emblazoned with the #MeToo phrase. In New Orleans, current and former employees chanted, "Hey, McDonald's, you can't hide - we can see your nasty side". Now, fast food employees are challenging the toxic climate in their workplace. Celebrity chefs and high-profile restaurateurs accused of sexual harassment include John Besh, Mario Batali, Mike Isabella and Ken Friedman.