McDonald's spokeswoman Andrea Abate said: "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".
Plans for the walkout - to start at lunchtime on September 18 - have been approved in recent days by "women's committees" formed by employees at dozens of McDonald's restaurants across the U.S. Lead organizers include several women who filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May alleging pervasive harassment at some of McDonald's franchise restaurants. "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". Further, the company has "engaged experts in the areas of prevention and response including RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), to evolve our policies", noted the chain.
The national women's law center says there has been many instances of sexual harassment in McDonalds. One of the complainants in the case is only 15 years old. In October, Scott Courtney, the head of the Fight for 15 campaign and SEIU vice president, tendered his resignation after numerous colleagues and former union organizers came forward alleging that he used sex as a factor in promotions and advancement within the organization.
McDonald's has a company-wide sexual harassment policy but the protestors - who are backed by the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund - want to see improvements. Now, fast food employees are challenging the toxic climate in their workplace. They claim the fast food restaurant chain isn't doing enough to address on-the-job sexual harassment. "They make you feel like you are nothing, just because you tried to stand up against them", Adriana Alvarez, who has worked at a Chicago McDonald's for nine years and helped organize the strike, told The New Republic. Since our founding, we've been committed to a culture that fosters the respectful treatment of everyone. "This includes supporting and standing with the courageous women demanding a union and speaking out against the abuse, bullying, harassment, and discrimination at McDonald's".
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At the New Orleans protest, McDonald's employees arrived at a restaurant with red tape over their mouths emblazoned with the #MeToo phrase.
"The SEIU has suffered many setbacks, but few have been more embarrassing and harmful for those involved than its sordid sexual harassment scandals", Saltsman said.
The workers are demanding that McDonald's mandate anti-harassment training for all employees and implement a better system for reporting and addressing allegations of misconduct, the Associated Press reported.