Thanks to the #metoo movement and resulting climate in the US, sexual harassment is being dealt with like never before. And that’s why women who work at McDonald’s in 10 US cities have planned a walkout on September 18th to pressure the company to address the problem. The walkout will take place at some McDonald’s restaurants in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, San Francisco, and Durham, North Carolina.
The women striking say they have repeatedly reported supervisors who grope them, ask for sex and expose themselves on the job only to be ignored by managers, or even punished for reporting the incidents.
“In May, 10 women filed sexual harassment complaints against McDonald’s restaurants with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Some of them are now organizing the walkout in partnership with the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund,a legal aid group for workers who experience sexual harassment and Fight for $15, a labor group fighting for higher wages in the fast-food industry.
It’s unclear how many employees are participating in the strike, but the AP reports that hundreds of women on newly formed “women’s committees” at dozens of McDonald’s restaurants voted in favor of the strike.” 1
(Sexual harassment is a particularly serious problem for workers in the service industry, i.e., restaurants and hotels.)