McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) is the leading global foodservice retailer with nearly 37,000 locations in over 100 countries. The Corporation operates and franchises McDonald’s restaurants in the US and across the globe with over 90% of its restaurants owned and operated by local, independent businessmen and women.
Reportedly, McDonalds’s has been sued by workers in Michigan claiming prevalent sexual harassment, lack of policies to address sexual harassment and behavioral misconduct at its restaurants nationwide. The lawsuits filed on behalf of women who worked at the Mason restaurant in the last three years also claimed the inefficiency of managers to prevent such sexual misconducts and retaliating against workers who complain. Allegations claimed McDonald’s “creates and permits a toxic work culture from the very top,” Also recently, McDonald’s Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook was fired for having an improper consensual relationship with an employee.
95% of McDonald’s U.S restaurants are franchised, McDonald’s claimed to implement safe-workplace training at its corporate-owned restaurants and has been encouraging franchisees to do the same.
Plaintiff Jenna Ries, who has been working at a McDonald’s franchised outlet in Mason, Michigan for 1-1/2 years, has claimed the inappropriate behavior by the restaurant manager and stated “I constantly lived in fear of losing my job,” Ries told reporters on a conference call.
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