McDonald’s Workers Call Attention To Sexual Harassment With Lunchtime Protest
19 Septembre, 2018, 02:13 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
The strike is slated to begin during the lunch rush in major cities, including L.A., Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco and Chicago.
"We have strong policies, procedures and training in place specifically created to prevent sexual harassment", the company said Tuesday in the statement.
The protest, organized by pro-labor group Fight for $15, comes four months after after several women filed complaints against the restaurant chain with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May, including one unnamed worker from Orlando.
Responding to rampant alleged sexual misconduct and emboldened by the #MeToo movement taking root nationally, McDonald's workers across 10 US cities abandoned their restaurants at lunchtime Tuesday to take part in what is being hailed as the first multi-state strike to specifically target sexual harassment. "I can't tell her to stand up for herself if I'm not willing to stand up for myself".
"The walkout is believed to be the first US strike to confront sexual harassment in more than 100 years", according to advocacy group Fight for $15, which is coordinating the event. "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".
RAINN, an acronym for the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network is an anti-sexual violence organization that runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
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The 2016 Hart Research survey also showed that 42 percent of women in the industry who experience unwanted sexual behavior feel forced to accept it because they can't afford to lose their jobs. Another woman from Gretna, Louisiana, said a co-worker would grab her hand and place it on his crotch, and would also grope her breasts and butt.
"They want people to think they care, but they don't care", she said. Since fast food frequently employs young people (often as their first job), numerous victims are teenagers.
One of the harassment cases involves allegations from a 15-year-old cashier in St. Louis who said an older male employee told her: "You have a nice body; have you ever had white chocolate inside you?"
However, when she reported the incident her "supervisors did nothing". "We all took a vote and the decision to go on strike was unanimous".
While several speakers at the Orlando event were African-American women who said they were victims of sexual harassment, numerous protesters were pushing for a $15 hourly wage and a union for McDonald's workers.
They said they could not predict with precision how many workers would join the strike, but noted that hundreds of workers had participated in the committee meetings at which the strike was planned.
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