USA: Government officials pressure McDonalds to address sexual harassment, following employee-led walkouts

Author: Hilary Russ, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Published on: 2 October 2019

"Local officials in 31 U.S. states write to McDonald's on sexual harassment", 26 September 2019

 ...In a letter to CEO Steve Easterbrook,...mayors, commissioners, city councilors and school board members asked McDonald’s to meet with workers, hear their stories and together craft tougher policies to effectively stamp out harassment...Members of the U.S. Congress have written similar letters...

...The letter said McDonald’s employees have filed more than 50 sexual harassment complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Reuters could not verify this...

...When asked to comment on the letter, McDonald’s referred...to its Aug. 28 statement announcing a new training program for safe workplaces...“Together with our franchisees, we have a responsibility to take action on this issue...These actions are one more step we are taking to raise awareness at all levels of McDonald’s...” ...

...workers at a Los Angeles McDonald’s walked off the job to protest, saying retaliation for reporting sexual harassment is rampant and they have been excluded from policy discussions, according to organizers and news reports - one of several similar protest in the last year and a half...

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