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McDonald’s employees are planning a one-day strike this week that will begin as they believe the company is not handling allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace correctly. In addition, they are urging workers to unionize.
Jamelia Fairley, a McDonald’s employee in Sanford, Florida, publicly stated that she will go on strike because “McDonald’s still refuses to take responsibility for the countless women and teens who face harassment at work in its stores around the world.” .
The employee told USA Today that she knows other people who “have suffered sexual harassment. We want a union to prevent this from happening ”.
The one-day protest is scheduled for Tuesday at locations inat least 10 cities across the country. So far, it was not announced in which branches of the fast food chain the protest will take place.
According to FOX, in September, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit alleging that a McDonald’s franchisee failed to adequately respond to allegations of teen sexual harassment at approximately 22 fast food places in Nevada, California and Arizona.
Another lawsuit was also filed last month alleging that a McDonald’s manager raped a 14-year-old female employee in Pittsburgh in February. Signs that do not make the company look good.
Alan Perer, the lawyer for the teenager that McDonald’s “advertises everywhere that this is their first best job and attracts mostly young women. What happens is simply shocking. ” The attorney added that the manager is a previously convicted sex offender..
The strike seeks a widespread payment of $ 15 an hour for employees of franchisees, since restaurants owned by McDonald’s are already offering between $ 20 and $ 21 an hour.
Those organizing the protest assure that the strike is “to demand that McDonald’s stop wasting time and listen to workers when it comes to solving the rampant sexual harassment in their restaurants.”
McDonald’s implemented new policies in April in response to allegations of sexual harassment, requiring employees to participate in anti-harassment trainings and issuing surveys to franchises on work culture.
The company reported in a statement amid the protest plans that “all the people who work in a McDonald’s restaurant they deserve to feel safe and respected when they come to work, and harassment and sexual assault have no place in any restaurant. “
McDonald’s added that “more work is needed to advance our workplace ambitions, so all 40,000 McDonald’s restaurants will be evaluated and held accountable for global brand standards.”
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