Two national advocacy groups on Tuesday filed lawsuits on behalf of 10 female McDonald’s employees who say they were sexually harassed at work.
The Associated Press reported that the women say they were groped, propositioned for sex and subject to indecent exposure and lewd comments from their superiors.
The group Fight for $15, which advocates for a pay raise for minimum-wage workers, organized the lawsuit, which claims women who reported harassment were ignored or faced retaliation. The suit includes claims from employees working in New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and elsewhere.
The complaint was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the AP reported.
Time's Up, a national advocacy organization started after the #MeToo movement, is covering the legal costs of the lawsuit. The organization was created to provide resources for women who may not otherwise be able to file sexual harassment lawsuits.
Terri Hickey, a spokeswoman for McDonald’s, told the AP in a statement that the company “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.”
Women in numerous industries have come forward to share allegations of sexual harassment following the #MeToo movement. The movement began last year when members of the entertainment industry alleged widespread harassment by film mogul Harvey Weinstein.