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Article

7 Oct 2016

Author:
Jana Kasperkevic, Guardian (USA)

USA: Govt. agency sue McDonald's for allegedly failing to adequately address sexual harassment complaints

"Workers to protest at McDonald's stores across US over sexual harassment claims", 5 Oct 2016

Workers in more than 30 US cities are planning to join a lunchtime protest at their local McDonald’s stores on Thursday to draw attention to 15 different sexual complaints that have been filed against the company and its franchisees over the past month...The allegations, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claimed that in addition to experiencing sexual harassment on the job those who complained were often retaliated against...While just one complaint is about harassment that took place in a corporate McDonald’s store, all complaints name the company as joint employer. It is up to EEOC to determine whether McDonald’s is jointly responsible for the harassment that occurs at its franchise stores...Protesters are calling for McDonald’s to enforce its zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy...In a statement provided to the Guardian, McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey said: “At McDonald’s, we and our independent owner-operators share a deep commitment to the respectful treatment of everyone. There is no place for harassment and discrimination of any kind in McDonald’s restaurants or in any workplace..."...

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