The protests are part of a broadening of the #MeToo campaign - mostly aimed at high-profile targets in entertainment, media and politics - into the realm of low-wage, blue-collar work, where employees without wealth or influence can be particularly vulnerable.
Workers in Chicago, McDonald's home town, Durham, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, San Francisco and St Louis will all walk out at lunchtime in an effort to highlight their struggle and call on the company to take action. 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", the statement continued. The objective of the strike is to confront sexual harassment allegations. Workers on strike are demanding improved procedures for receiving and responding to sexual harassment complaints, as well as required anti-harassment training for managers and employees.
- 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.
"We can no longer accept that one out of two workers experience workplace sexual violence under their watch", she said of McDonald's.
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. She is one of several workers, mostly female, expected to strike Tuesday.
In another incident, an employee said she had reported being groped by a co-worker at a New Orleans outlet.
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).
Complaints have not been limited to fast food.
The strike is related to the Fight For $15 movement, in which workers are calling for a better minimum wage. Since our founding, we've been committed to a culture that fosters the respectful treatment of everyone.
As the #MeToo movement has spread, other blue-collar workers have stepped forward with their own stories. "Managers feel it's not their problem".