10 female employees at McDonald’s from nine different cities across the United States have lodged a sexual harassment complaint against the global leading brand and fast food franchise after claiming they were ignored and retaliated against for reporting the behaviour.

This is not the first time such allegations have been levelled against the fast food franchise where a similar claim was lodged against the company two years ago.

A McDonald’s burger. Credit: Getty Images

Among the complainants is a 15-year old who claimed the company mocked, harassed, ignored and sometimes terminated employees for reporting the practices at the workplace which violate labour laws.

According to complaints filed in January, the women allege indecent exposure, groping, sexual propositions as well as inappropriate and lewd remarks by co-workers and supervisors.

Advocacy group Fight For $15 is and TIME’s UP are helping fund the allegation claims against McDonald’s by 10 female employees filed on their behalf on May 22, 2018. Credit: AP/M. Spencer Green/File

The franchise through its spokesperson said it takes such allegations “very seriously” indicating franchises should “do the same.”

“McDonald’s Corporation takes allegations of sexual harassment very seriously and are confident our independent franchisees who own and operate approximately 90 percent of our 14,000 U.S. restaurants will do the same,”said the spokeswoman in a statement to Associated Press.

The female employees from Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and other cities across the U.S. had advocacy organizations, TIME’S UP and the union-backed campaign group, Fight For $15, file complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on their behalf.

Protests outside McDonald’s restaurant in Minnesota. Credit: David Jones, Star Tribune via AP

The spokesperson also said McDonald’s has policies in place that prohibit sexual harassments at any of its companies and restaurants it both owns and operates, pointing out that franchisees – which are independently owned – are responsible for setting their own employment policies and practices for restaurants they operate.

Despite indicating that, “There is no place for harassment and discrimination of any kind” within the company workplace, complaints filed against McDonald’s name both the company and its franchisees which are independently-owned businesses.

The TIME’s UP Legal Defense Fund established earlier this year by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is covering legal fees for these women as well as others who can neither afford legal costs nor access to legal support.

The advocacy group Fight For $15 is behind most protests for minimum wage and the sexual harassment lawsuit against McDonalds by 10 female employees. Credit: Getty Images

Advocacy groups Fight for $15 and TIME’s UP organizations are pressing for the global fast food giant to both establish and train employees on a zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy.  They are also pushing for McDonald’s to create a safe and effective process for launching and addressing related complaints without fear of intimidation or harassment.

If during review EEOC finds that there is merit with the cases, the agency would call on the company to engage in informal settlement talks. If that fails, the agency could then proceed and sue the company or issue employees the “Right To Sue” letters.

However, on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) upheld McDonald’s and franchise owners’ ability to block employees who signed arbitration agreements from filing class-action lawsuits against them.

Sexual harassment cases are deemed as not ‘class actions’ because of the unique facts in each case. If workers signed arbitration agreements, that could keep individual claims out of court.

The remaining challenge is that these 10 female employees could find it difficult to hold McDonald’s responsible for the actions of its franchisees.

 

 

Copyright © 2018 Manyika Review.  All Rights Reserved.

Facebook Comments

Comments

  1. Pingback: albuterol inhaler
  2. Pingback: buy careprost
  3. Pingback: viagra in action
  4. Pingback: cialis ed
  5. Pingback: faq about viagra
  6. Pingback: https://mymvrc.org
  7. Pingback: cialistodo.com
  8. Pingback: chumba casino
  9. Pingback: slot machine games
  10. Pingback: real money casino
  11. Pingback: payday lenders
  12. Pingback: online homework
  13. Pingback: cheap essays
  14. Pingback: write essay online
  15. Pingback: clomid nz
  16. Pingback: clozaril 50mg otc
  17. Pingback: coreg generic
  18. Pingback: cozaar 100 mg nz
  19. Pingback: ddavp 10mcg coupon
  20. Pingback: diamox australia
  21. Pingback: diltiazem otc
  22. Pingback: elavil 50mg pills
  23. Pingback: buy etodolac
  24. Pingback: buy generic cialis
  25. Pingback: imitrex nz
  26. Pingback: women viagra
  27. Pingback: lamisil medication
  28. Pingback: lopid medication
  29. Pingback: lopressor cheap
  30. Pingback: luvox australia
  31. Pingback: macrobid usa
  32. Pingback: meclizine canada
  33. Pingback: micardis purchase
  34. Pingback: drug price
  35. Pingback: online pharmacies
  36. Pingback: cost of periactin
  37. Pingback: viagra
  38. Pingback: cheap prednisolone
  39. Pingback: prevacid cost
  40. Pingback: pulmicort uk
  41. Pingback: pyridium online
  42. Pingback: remeron pills
  43. Pingback: seroquel 50 mg uk
  44. Pingback: skelaxin price
  45. Pingback: spiriva 9 mcg usa
  46. Pingback: toprol usa
  47. Pingback: buy voltaren 50mg
  48. Pingback: zestril otc
  49. Pingback: check
  50. Pingback: zocor prices
  51. Pingback: zovirax cheap
  52. Pingback: zyloprim australia
  53. Pingback: zyvox 600mg prices
  54. Pingback: tadalafil 20mg uk
  55. Pingback: meclizine for sale
  56. Pingback: buspirone uk
  57. Pingback: clonidinemg usa
  58. Pingback: celecoxib uk
  59. Pingback: purchase cialis
  60. Pingback: carvedilol prices
  61. Pingback: tolterodine price
  62. Pingback: fluconazole cheap
  63. Pingback: phenytoin pharmacy
  64. Pingback: cialis 20mg usa
  65. Pingback: oxybutynin price
  66. Pingback: walgreens pharmacy
  67. Pingback: cytotmeds.com
  68. Pingback: lexapro liquid
  69. Pingback: duloxetine is what
  70. Pingback: purchase viagra
  71. Pingback: viagra online
  72. Pingback: cialismars
  73. Pingback: cialis discount
  74. Pingback: duloxetine high
  75. Pingback: buy viagra online
  76. Pingback: drugs like cialis
  77. Pingback: amoxil medication
  78. Pingback: cialis 40 mg
  79. Pingback: cost of cialis 5mg
  80. Pingback: sildenafil 130
  81. Pingback: viagra cialis
  82. Pingback: zpack 500mg
  83. Pingback: cialis rezeptfrei
  84. Pingback: buy cialis pills

Comments are closed.