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15 Apr 2020

Kate Taylor, Business Insider

McDonald's employees claim they were forced to continue to work and were kept in the dark when a coworker caught COVID-19, according to a new OSHA complaint

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Carols DeLeon, who works in a Chicago McDonald's location, filed an OSHA complaint saying that conditions in his location pose "an imminent danger to our health and that of our coworkers." According to the complaint, managers at the franchisee-owned location were aware a night shift worker had been identified as having COVID-19 last week. While managers alerted night shift workers, the complaint says that they did not inform all workers who were in the store and may have come in contact with the sick employee... Rod Lubeznik, the owner-operator of the McDonald's location, said... "As soon as we were notified, we alerted our employees," Lubeznik said. "We have not been informed of any other employee at this location testing positive." Lubeznik said the location is continuing to evolve its safety policies.

... Fight for 15, which helps organize fast-food worker protests, told Business Insider that hundreds of cooks and cashiers at more than 50 fast-food locations in Chicago are expected to strike on Wednesday over companies' response to the coronavirus pandemic... McDonald's workers have also participated in Fight for 15 protests in cities including Memphis, Miami, Orlando, and Raleigh-Durham.

... McDonald's... recently began rolling out wellness checks for workers,which will include taking employees temperatures and sending them home if they are not well enough to work... David Tovar, the vice president of US communications at McDonald's, told Business Insider at the time. "We know that over the past few weeks as this situation has continued to evolve, we've been willing to listen to make adjustments as we need to."