McDonald's faces sexual harassment complaints from its workers

Published: May 23, 2018 11:50:32 | Updated: May 27, 2018 13:27:02


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Ten workers at McDonald's fast food franchises in the US have filed complaints of sexual harassment against the firm.

The female workers, one of whom is 15 years old, allege groping, propositions, indecent exposure, and lewd comments, according to a BBC report Wednesday.

McDonald's said it takes such allegations "very seriously" and that its franchises should do the same.

Similar harassment claims were lodged against McDonald's two years ago.

The latest complaints, which were filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, were brought on behalf of the workers by the campaign group The Fight for $15.

It says that the workers - based in cities such as Miami, Los Angeles, and Detroit - were ignored or mocked when they reported instances of sexual harassment to their managers.

Some also claimed to have met with retaliation, including being sacked, The Fight for $15 said.

'Supervisors did nothing'

In one example, Breauna Morrow, a 15-year-old cashier in St Louis, said that she had been "repeatedly harassed" by a co-worker using "graphic, sexual language".

However, when she reported the incident her "supervisors did nothing".

"I know I'm not the only one and that's why I'm speaking out, so others don't have to face the harassment I've gone through," Ms Morrow said.

In another incident, an employee said she had reported that a co-worker at a New Orleans outlet had groped her.

However, instead of taking action, her managers mocked her and told her "she was probably giving the worker 'sex appeal'".

The complaints name both McDonald's franchisees and the company itself. However the company views its franchisees as independent business owners.

A McDonald's spokeswoman said: "There is no place for harassment and discrimination of any kind in our workplace."

"McDonald's Corporation takes allegations of sexual harassment very seriously and are confident our independent franchisees who own and operate approximately 90% of our 14,000 US restaurants will do the same."

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