First Workers to Strike Sexual Harassment in More Than 100 Years! Join Us!
Fed up with McDonald’s failure to address groping, lewd comments, propositions for sex and other illegal behavior in its stores, cooks and cashiers announced are waging the first-ever nationwide strike to combat sexual harassment on Sept. 18.
Opening up a bold new front in the #MeToo movement, the striking workers will demand the fast-food giant form a committee to address sexual harassment, comprised of workers, representatives from corporate and franchise stores, and leaders of national women’s groups. This committee would chart a path forward to make sure nobody who works for McDonald’s faces sexual harassment on the job.
“It’s sad that we have to walk off the job in order to be treated with respect at McDonald’s, but we’re not going to stay quiet while the company ignores the harassment we’re facing,” Tanya Harrell,
The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund supports the legal complaints against McDonald’s because sexual harassment puts working people in a no-win situation—forcing them to choose between a paycheck and enduring abuse,” said Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, which administers the Fund. “It’s time for McDonald’s and their franchisees to root out sexual harassment at the workplace. The failure to tackle this scourge should compel workers, customers and allies to demand real change and back this strike. As long as harassment stays in the shadows, it will continue to thrive.”
The EEOC charges filed in May came nearly two years after McDonald’s workers in the Fight for $15 filed 17 sexual harassment charges against the company and show that despite the spotlight on the issue in Hollywood and the media, little has changed for the burger giant’s frontline workers. Attorneys for the workers have asked the EEOC to consolidate or coordinate for investigation the 2016 and 2018 charges.