McDonald’s sexual harassment claims are returning for the third time in a three year period. Now, female employees are coming forward to report rampant sexual harassment behaviors by male coworkers and managers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced 25 new lawsuits by the American Civil Liberties Union.
About Sexual Harassment
It is important that when unwelcome conduct crosses the line and becomes severe or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment to seek the advice from a lawyer. We can offer advice and help. Men and women both are guilty of sexual harassment. A harasser can be anyone. He or she can be a supervisor, coworker or even a non-employee of the company. Anyone affected by offensive conduct could be eligible for a claim, even if he or she is not a direct victim of sexual harassment.
McDonald’s Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Twenty-five women from around the country have come forward to report sexual harassment by employees and managers. The complaints include inappropriate touching, indecent exposure, lewd comments and requests for sex. Many women also experienced retaliation for either not complying or reporting the harassment.
A Florida McDonald’s employee said over several months she experienced harassing comments even about her young daughter. When she reported the inappropriate behavior, management reduced her work hours. McDonald’s did not comment on these charges, yet announced the company was strengthening their sexual harassment policy. However, the company continues to only use this tactic to address complaints. Last year, employees held a one-day strike in 10 cities to protest McDonald’s sexual harassment.
McDonald’s may not be the only fast food company guilty of not preventing this behavior. A 2016 survey uncovered that 40% of female fast-food workers felt forced to accept that behavior or risk losing their jobs. Therefore, almost 90% never filed a formal legal complaint.
Sexual Harassment Attorney
Therefore, if you have experienced sexual harassment in any form in the workplace, you should contact a qualified employment attorney as soon as possible. If the harassment has not stopped after making a formal complaint with your employer, consulting a harassment lawyer is your best option. Your attorney will be able to provide further guidance and help build a case to end the harassment.