Sexual Harassment Policy: Mcdonald’s Workers Go On Strike

MacDonald Restaurant staff in US 10 cities will walk out on Tuesday claiming that the fast-food giant was not doing enough to curtail/ prevent sexual harassment.
This strike stems from the fact 25 women had filed complaints against the chain, claiming that MacDonald has failed to implement the company’s rules against abuse, as they said they were utterly disregarded after the incidents were reported.
In MacDonald’s Restaurant, it is boldly inscribed “no place for harassment”,
The women reported that they were ignored after reporting the incidents.
including groping, indecent exposure and lewd comments.
The organisers of the strike said they will target multiple restaurants in big cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.
It is thought that several hundreds of staff will walk out with:
 Has #MeToo divided women?
 How can businesses tackle sexual harassment?
At McDonald’s, there is a company-wide sexual harassment policy but the protestors -backed by the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund – wish to see it improved.
They claim that the procedures for responding to harassment complaints are inadequate and that staff should undergo anti-harassment training.
Twenty-five McDonald’s workers filed complaints in 2016 with the US National Labor Relations Board, alleging that their reports of harassment were inadequately attended to and ignored, mocked or in some cases met with retaliation. McDonald and her franchisees were named in the complaints even though MacDonald regards its franchisees as independent business owners.
Breauna Morrow, a 15-year-old cashier in St Louis, claims that she had been “repeatedly harassed” by a co-worker using “graphic, sexual language” and even when she reported, her “supervisors did nothing”.
In a similar incident, an employee said she had reported being groped by a co-worker at a New Orleans outlet and instead of her managers taking action, they mocked the woman and said “she was probably giving the worker ‘sex appeal'”.
McDonald’s spokeswoman Andrea Abate said: “We have policies, procedures and training in place that are specifically designed to prevent sexual harassment at our company and company-owned restaurants, and we firmly believe that our franchisees share this commitment.”
McDonald’s faces pressure from labour unions over staff wages. A National Movement, The Fight for $15, has been seeking for minimum wage increase and improvement on working conditions, thereby laying pressure on the chain.

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