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McDonald’s faces three new sexual harassment lawsuits, as the fast-food giant makes a major push on corporate values.
Workers at McDonald’s franchised locations in Kansas City, St. Louis and Los Angeles have filed sexual assault and harassment lawsuits against the company in recent weeks. The most recent case was filed on Thursday morning, by Delisha Rivers.
Rivers alleges that a manager attempted to pressure her into sexual acts in exchange for cash and a raise when she was a shift leader at McDonald’s in early 2019. When she rejected his advances, she began facing retaliation at work, according to the complaint.
The single mother of five said she struggled to find a way to contact McDonald’s to report the quid-pro-quo harassment. According to Rivers, she called multiple numbers — first connected to corporate, then to different field districts — attempting to report what she saw as targeted retaliation. None were able to offer her assistance.
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“They were definitely impossible to reach,” Rivers told Insider in a recent interview. “I still couldn’t tell you how to reach them.”
In February 2019, Rivers quit her job at McDonald’s after facing what she calls unjustified criticism for things such as supposedly not speaking loudly enough, wearing the wrong color shirt, and insubordination. It was a difficult process. With five children between the ages of two and nine, Rivers was forced to completely change her childcare routine, with her kids sitting in the lobby as she worked the night shift at her new job.
“I don’t feel like [McDonald’s] cares, because if they did care … I’m pretty sure these franchise owners would be more aware and more careful about what goes on in their stores,” Rivers said.
According to Rivers, she had no way of getting in touch with McDonald’s corporate when facing harassment, a major problem in the fast-food industry.
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McDonald’s debuted a new hotline that allows workers to anonymously express concerns and report harassment in 2019. The company said in a statement that it does not tolerate sexual harassment, and that the company or franchisees reviews the facts of the matter when concerns are raised in restaurants.
“Our values drive our policies, including comprehensive safe and respectful workplace trainings that make clear our expectations for every person who works under the Arches,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “McDonald’s franchisees share our commitment to being responsible partners to our communities, and we make versions of these trainings available as a resource to them.”
The two other sexual-harassment lawsuits also say McDonald’s failed to support workers
The two other sexual harassment lawsuits filed in recent weeks similarly allege workers were not offered sufficient training or support in situations in which they faced sexual harassment.
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Source:: Business Insider