Two McDonald’s employees in Kansas City have filed harassment complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and joined a group of advocates for improving working conditions, partly by raising the minimum wage.
The two workers were among 15 fast-food restaurant employees featured in a new effort by Fight for $15 and other worker advocacy groups.
The Kansas City participants include a young woman who said she was groped and subjected to lewd comments by her supervisors and a gay man who said he was verbally harassed and denied fair treatment on the job. Their complaints went unaddressed by management, according to their EEOC charges.
McDonald’s has a zero-tolerance policy against harassment, according to the company.
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Tied to the groups’ efforts to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, the campaign against workplace harassment includes plans for a lunch-hour protest Thursday at McDonald’s restaurants in about three dozen cities around the country.
Futures Without Violence, the Ms. Foundation, and the National Partnership for Women and Families also released a survey Wednesday that said 40 percent of women in fast-food jobs “have experienced unwanted sexual behavior on the job.”
The survey, conducted by Hart Associates, found that many women said they accepted the behavior because they were afraid of losing their jobs, and some who did complain said they experienced cuts in their work hours, changes to undesirable schedules or were denied raises.