McDonald’s Corp. is facing a new tide of complaints regarding how it deals with sexual harassment in its restaurants. Current and former workers shave sued the American fast food company. They claim management overlooked their accusations of sexual misconduct at the workplace. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the TIME’S UP, and the Fight For $15 movement announced twenty-three new complaints against McDonald’s. Twenty among the allegations were filed with the U.S. EEOC and, the remaining three under the civil rights act. Although, the Time’s Up is a legal defence fund. The American Civil Liberties Union is a non-profit organisation.
Sharyn Tejani, director of Time’s Up, says it is a cruel reality across the fast food industry. Every other day minimum one of the four workers, particularly colour women working low-paid jobs face sexual harassment as a regular part of their work. She noted daily workers are obliged to select between getting a payment or raising voice against their abuse. Many times workers face termination or loss of pays when they report misconduct. Tejani claims the company has taken no measures to stop it. On the other hand, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said the company had taken appropriate steps to deal with sexual misconduct. Last year, the company started functioning with RAINN, U.S.’ largest anti-sexual violence organisation.
Time’s Up issued a letter to McDonald’s officials concerning misbehaviour at the workplace. The memo noted the restaurant chain had failed to appropriately respond to employee complaints filed last year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Thus, employees filed further new claims against the company concerning lousy behaviour, abuse, and reprisal. The charges of gender-based inequity and sexual misconduct of low-paid employees include improper touching, inpublic exposure, dirty comments and sex appeal. Workers also claimed food giant for revenge and punishment for reporting such behaviour. The fast-food company has around 14,000 spots across North America which offer employment to 85,000 Americans. The incidents might have taken place at business and franchise stores in 20 cities. But mostly authorised dealers operate McDonald’s restaurants, not the company.