Kansas City McDonald's workers to join nationwide protest on sexual harassment

Lloyd Doyle
September 19, 2018

"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".

The walkouts are happening in select McDonald's stores: Chicago; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando, Florida; San Francisco and St. Louis.

Responding to rampant alleged sexual misconduct and emboldened by the #MeToo movement taking root nationally, McDonald's workers across 10 US 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.

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.

On Tuesday Harrell and hundreds of other McDonald's workers will protest outside the fast-food giant's restaurants in 10 cities across the U.S., highlighting what they claim is an epidemic of sexual harassment for workers that they say the company has done little to address. "McDonald's has a responsibility to provide a safe place to work, and we're going to keep speaking out until the company hears our calls for change". Since fast food frequently employs young people (often as their first job), numerous victims are teenagers.

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.

The complaints are in line with similar allegations filed with the EEOC in 2016, when hourly workers in eight states came forward to allege their hours had been cut and their complaints went ignored after they notified supervisors of various forms of harassment on the job. The 22-year-old who earns $8.15 an hour claimed that the co-worker grabbed her breasts and her behind, and even asked her to touch his penis.

We've talked a lot about the effects of the #MeToo Movement in the entertainment industry, in politics, and in tech, but of course, those aren't the only industries where sexual harassment and discrimination run rampant. A warning for readers, what she said is graphic in nature.

The strike takes place in 10 cities.

It's unclear how many restaurants will be affected.

The strike comes as union-backed organizations have been putting pressure on McDonald's on several fronts for better working conditions, including $15 an hour wages - at a burger chain that employs tens of thousands of people around the country, many of them at low pay.

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