The strikes come four months after McDonald's employees in New Orleans and other cities filed 10 charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging widespread sexual harassment at the company.
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.
Complaints range from explicit language to unwanted groping and touching, to coercion from supervisors for sexual favors.
"It's sad that we have to try to resolve this on our own because McDonald's doesn't care enough", said Reddick, 27. The goal of the strike is to confront sexual harassment allegations. Plans for the walkout - to start at lunchtime - have been approved in recent days by "women's committees" formed by employees at dozens of McDonald's restaurants across the U.S.
McDonald's told TheBlaze in a written statement that it has strong policies in place but that it's also working with industry experts to ensure its employees have a safe work environment.
McDonald's says it has strong policies, procedures and training in place specifically created to prevent sexual harassment.
The new allegations come nearly two years after 15 McDonald's workers in Fight for $15 filed a series of sexual harassment complaints against the company. The 22-year-old who earns $8.15 an hour claimed that the co-worker grabbed her breasts and her behind, and even asked her to touch his penis. "When they have tainted lettuce in 17 states, they don't say, 'Oh, this is only a problem for the franchisee.' They go to work trying to solve the problem across the system".
Advocates have long complained that low-wage and blue-collar workers are highly vulnerable to sexual harassment, as they are more dependent on their monthly paychecks and often have fewer resources for help.
The strikes unfolded after 10 McDonald's employees across nine cities accused the chain of failing to act after they reported sexual harassment or misconduct in the workplace, including inappropriate behavior from store managers.
Lawson, who has a 4-year-old daughter, says she makes $9 an hour. "It's a disease", she added, standing in front of other workers who had fixed their mouths shut with blue tape displaying the words "on strike" and "me too". "It's time to stand up for what we believe in".