US: McDonald’s workers strike over sexual harassment on the job
September 24th, 2018 by Massimo

McDonald’s workers from ten cities in the US went on strike on September 18, protesting on-the-job sexual harassment. The service sector, which includes hotels and restaurants, is the single largest zone of worker sexual harassment, with some studies indicating that 90% of female hospitality workers have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Female workers at McDonald’s have filed complaints about pervasive harassment at McDonald’s franchises with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for protecting against discrimination at the workplace. They say that McDonald’s has done nothing to address their complaints, and are demanding:

– McDonald’s strengthen and enforce its zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment;

– Mandatory trainings for managers and employees to create a safe and effective system for receiving and responding to complaints;

– The formation of a committee that includes McDonald’s workers, McDonald’s corporate and franchisee representatives and representatives of leading national women’s rights groups to address sexual harassment at the company. This committee would chart a path forward to make sure no McDonald’s worker faces sexual harassment as part of the job.

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