Story at a glance:

  • McDonald's employees from at least 10 cities are set to strike on Tuesday in response to how the company handles sexual harassment.
  • The strikes will take place in cities like Chicago, Detroit and Houston.
  • Since April, all McDonald’s employees are mandated to take anti-harassment training.

McDonald's employees from at least 10 cities are set to strike Tuesday in response to how the company handles sexual harassment in the workplace, according to the organization Fight for $15.

The strike will take place in Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Miami, among other cities, according to The Independent.

Employees in Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte and Durham, N.C.; Milwaukee, Orlando and St. Louis will also be on strike, according to the protest’s organizer, Fight for $15 and a union.

Last year, female employees at a corporate-owned McDonald's in Florida filed a sexual harassment class-action lawsuit.

Plaintiffs, current McDonald’s employee Jamelia Fairley and former employee Ashley Reddick, represent female employees at Florida’s more than 100 corporate-owned, non-franchise McDonald’s locations, The New York Post reported. 


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They asked for $500 million in compensatory damages, additional punitive damages and an order requiring the company to adopt policies against harassment, according to The NY Post.

“I’m going on strike because, despite years of protests, McDonald’s still refuses to take responsibility for the countless women and teenagers who face harassment on the job at its stores across the globe,”  Fairley said in a statement reported by Vice. 

“No matter what McDonald’s says, not much has changed for workers like me. I’m joining the historic #Striketober strike wave because I know nothing will change for me, or millions of other workers like me, until we use our collective voice to make change happen.”

McDonald's has had a checkered past dealing with sexual harassment.

Former CEO Steve Easterbrook was sued last year by McDonald’s for allegedly having sexual relationships with three staff employees, The Guardian reported. 

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were 22 claims of sexual harassment throughout its locations in Arizona, California and Nevada. In some instances, teenagers complained about “constant groping.”

A manager at a Pittsburgh location was a registered sex offender who allegedly harassed and assaulted a 14-year-old employee, Patch reported.

“McDonald’s corporate continues to deny responsibility for anything that happens to workers in franchise stores,” said Alan Perer, the attorney representing the teenager, NY Post reported.

In April, McDonald’s stated anti-harassment training is required for all of its employees.

“Every single person working at a McDonald’s restaurant deserves to feel safe and respected when they come to work, and sexual harassment and assault have no place in any McDonald’s restaurant,” McDonald’s said in a statement, NY Post cited. 

“We know more work is needed to further our workplace ambitions, which is why all 40,000 McDonald’s restaurants will be assessed and accountable to Global Brand Standards.”


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Published on Oct 26, 2021