In an email to the AP, McDonald's officials wrote, "We have policies, procedures and training in place that are specifically created to prevent sexual harassment at our company and company-owned restaurants, and we firmly believe that our franchisees share this commitment". "McDonald's has a responsibility to provide a safe place to work, and we're going to keep speaking out until the company hears our calls for change". She described what she went through at work. "To ensure we are doing all that can be done, we have engaged experts in the areas of prevention and response including, RAINN, to evolve our policies so everyone who works at McDonald's does so in a secure environment every day". A former SEIU organizer told the Washington Free Beaconthat the allegations against Courtney did not surprise her, saying the union's "HR processes for investigating sexual harassment [represent] a culture of protecting the organization".
"We must stand with the courageous McDonald's workers walking out today to demand the company address this epidemic of sexual harassment", he said.
- McDonald's workers staged protests in several cities Tuesday in what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
In one example, Breauna Morrow, a 15-year-old cashier in St Louis, said that she had been "repeatedly harassed" by a co-worker using "graphic, sexual language". She is one of several workers, mostly female, expected to strike Tuesday.
After these incidents another co-worker took her into the men's bathroom, pinned her against a wall, exposed himself and tried to have sex with her.
In May, just days before McDonald's annual shareholder meeting, 10 women who worked at the company's restaurants throughout the country-backed by Fight for $15 and the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund-filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
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In Chicago, another worker said she was sacked after she reported her manager for sexual harassment, according to NWLC.
Annelise Orleck, professor of history at Dartmouth College and author of We Are All Fast-Food Workers, a history of the new labour movement growing among low-wage workers, said abuse of this kind in the fast-food industry was "endemic".
According to a report, McDonald's workers in Los Angeles and nine other cities are planning to strike against the fast food corporation. Now, fast food employees are challenging the toxic climate in their workplace.
More than 50 protesters marched outside a McDonald's restaurant in Orlando at 9814 International Drive, south of the Orange County Convention Center.
Courtney was not the only Fight for 15 official ensnared by sexual misconduct complaints. "They don't take it seriously", said Harrell.