May 22, 2018

McDonald's workers allege widespread sexual misconduct

Logo on the wall of a McDonald's restaurant.

Logo on the wall of a McDonald's restaurant. Photo: Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images

McDonald's employees in eight U.S. states have filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission this week, alleging they have faced sexual harassments, lewd comments and retaliation on the job, per the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The allegations come amid the #MeToo movement, which has shined light on workplace misconduct. The Center for American Progress said in a recent analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data that a majority of the sexual harassment claims filed between 2005 through 2015 were made by those in the accommodation and food services industry.

What they're saying: McDonald's Spokeswoman Terri Hickey told the Post in a statement: “There is no place for harassment and discrimination of any kind in our workplace" and that company believes its franchisees will appropriately handle the complaints.

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