Here's Why McDonald's Has A Sexual Harassment Problem.
Shocking news drew media attention when several sexual harassment s and abuse claims came forth from young women working at McDonald chains across the United States . With the Times Up movement and recent media attention to stop harassment and abuse in the workplace, how can this be?
... [+]Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Atlanta. McDonald's is offering fresh beef rather than frozen patties in some burgers at thousands of restaurants, a switch it first announced about a year ago as it works to appeal to customers who want fresher foods. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
ASSOCIATED PRESSShocking news drew media attention when several sexual harassments and abuse claims came forth from young women working at McDonald chains across the United States.McDonald'sis an employer of one million workers, has annual sales of over $40 billion, and has 14,000 franchises in the United States. One might think, how can this occur in such a big corporation? With the Times Up movement and recent media attention to stop harassment and abuse in the workplace, how can this be? Did they not get the message?
Let's examine what went wrong.In2019, McDonald's' surveyed 800 female workers at both corporate and franchised restaurants. Three-quarters of the respondents said they had been harassed at work! 71% said they were chastised for reporting the occurrences. According to a company spokesperson, McDonald's corporate leadership felt the survey sample was too small and ruled the findings inaccurate. However, later in the year announced a new sexual harassment policy. Since 95% of the restaurants are independently owned franchises, the policy became a recommendation only and not a corporate requirement. It appears that the policy became a page in an employee handbook that was not reviewed nor upheld with the employees, and no training was not required. headtopics.com
A July 2020 article titledreported complaints as far back as 2015. These complaints were also hushed away and downplayed. Throughout the year's complaints have steadily rolled in, yet nothing was done to protect and prevent harassment in the restaurants.Read more: ForbesWomen »
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