McDonald's sexual harassment claims: 2020 candidates urge firm to act

 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) attends a press conference on July 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Four 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls signed a letter on Tuesday calling on McDonald’s to do more to address sexual harassment allegations.

Details: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are among 8 senators, led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who signed the letter to McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook expressing concern about "unsafe and intolerable work conditions" at the company.

25 new sexual harassment charges brought against McDonald's

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McDonald's workers and other activists protest sexual harassment at the fast food chain's restaurants on Sept. 18, 2018, in Chicago. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

25 McDonald's employees have filed sexual harassment charges against their employer, as announced on Tuesday by the ACLU, the labor group Fight for $15 and TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, NBC reports.

The big picture: These new complaints and lawsuits indicate a growing problem in McDonald's restaurants. Last year, the fast-food chain's employees in 8 states filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging they faced sexual harassment, lewd comments and retaliation on the job.