McDonald’s workers protest sexual harassment at the fast-food chain’s restaurants outside of the company’s headquarters on September 18, 2018, in Chicago.
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Last week, McDonald’s workers made history with the first multi-state US strike focused on sexual harassment. As a part of the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers organized a walkout to protest sexual harassment in the workplace. Workers in McDonald’s from 10 cities (Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, San Francisco, and Durham) walked out at lunchtime on Tuesday and protested the rest of the workday.
“The goal of the protests was to pressure McDonald’s to institute stronger policies to protect workers from sexual harassment at its more than 14,000 stores in the United States. The demands included better training programs for all workers, a more effective way to report complaints and a committee dedicated to addressing sexual harassment issues.” ~ Rachel Abrams via the NY Times
The protests stemmed from 10 McDonald’s employees who filed official sexual harassment complaints with the government against their male supervisors. The women say McDonald’s has ignored their complaints about workplace sexual harassment, which includes groping, propositions for sex, and lewd comments.