Stop Sexual Harassment at McDonald’s
On October 6, 2016, NOW New York stood in solidarity with workers outside of a McDonald’s in New York City to protest and demand an end to sexual harassment.
According to a new report from the Fight for $15, 40% of workers in the fast food industry said they have been sexually harassed on the job. By coming forward to report sexual harassment on the job and file claims with the EEOC, these workers have put a glaring spotlight on this rampant problem in the fast food industry.
“Women are calling for harassment-free workplaces,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women – New York. “It is a travesty that today, in a city like ours, working women would be intimidated into not reporting their harassment for fear of being harassed further or fired. Today’s complaints and protests are proof that workers are improving their workplaces by standing together and challenging this tremendous disrespect.”
Sexual harassment is corrosive to an individual’s sense of safety. We demand protection for workers, whether it’s hard hats on a construction site or proper training for the use of equipment. We have to demand an end to sexual harassment to protect people’s safety.
Sexual harassment is not just wrong, it’s illegal. McDonald’s is the second largest employer in the world, and they have to take steps to eradicate sexual harassment from the workplace now.