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 Chicago, one of the targeted cities, several dozen protesters rallied in front of McDonald’s headquarters while a plane flew overhead with a banner reading, “McDonald’s: Stop Sexual Harassment.” In New Orleans, current and former employees chanted, “Hey, McDonald’s, you can’t hide —we can see your nasty side.”
Other protests were held in San Francisco; Los Angeles; St. Louis; Kansas City, Missouri and Durham, North Carolina. Targeted restaurants, continued to offer food, organizers said the goal is not to close them.
Protestors demanded that McDonald’s need to work against harassment for managers and employees. They also want a national committee for handling sexual harassment of workers, managers and leaders of national women’s groups.
McDonald’s has declined to comment on protests and has made a statement advocating anti-harassment policies published last week. The company announced last week that it will return to outside experts to help develop these policies, including a work law training firm, Seyfarth Shaw at Work consultants.
The protest organizers described McDonald’s Seyfarth Shaw as an “anti-worker law firm” and said “Weinstein defends the company in a lawsuit over allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein, a former US bill”.
In the New Orleans protest, McDonald’s employees reached a restaurant with a red band over their mouths adorned with #MeToo. They took their slogans to shout slogans.
Tanya Harrell, 22, fought tears in explaining the workers’ desire for a more effective system to address the complaints of harassment. He laughed at the complaint that the managers complained about a male colleague who had given him ”sex appeal şikayet.
In 2017, he said that he had left McDonald’s for a while and was now working in a different store.
Harrell was one of the few protest organizers complaining to the US Equal Opportunity Commission in May and claiming widespread harassment at some of McDonald’s franchise restaurants.
In San Francisco, more than 50 workers and activists protested outside a McDonald’s in the Mission Zone. Among them were Burger King employee Achon Hightower, who came to Sacramento to support other fast food workers.
Tac There are too many sexual assaults behind closed doors, “he said. Dü Things like this are hidden and swept under the carpets. They really don’t do anything about it. “
Associated Press authors Terry Chea in San Francisco and David Crary in New York contributed to this report.
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