McDonald’s Employees Go on Strike to Protest Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

McDonald’s employees and other fast food chain workers protest against sexual harassment in the workplace on Sept. 18, 2018 in Chicago. McDonald’s workers in 10 US cities staged a one-day strike Tuesday inspired by the #MeToo movement, alleging the fast-food giant does not adequately address pervasive sexual harassment at its stores.
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Breauna Morrow, a 15-year-old cashier at a McDonald’s in St. Louis, said an older male employee once made a graphic, sexual proposition toward her.

“You have a nice body; have you ever had white chocolate inside you?” the co-worker told Morrow, according to a statement from the National Women’s Law Center.

When Morrow reported the incident to a manager, she was allegedly told “you will never win that battle.”

Now in the midst of the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers who say they have faced sexual harassment in the workplace and their supporters went on strike Tuesday afternoon in 10 cities across the U.S. to draw attention to the issue and call on the company to do more to prevent it.

In Chicago, protesters gathered outside the McDonald’s headquarters chanting, “We’re here, we’re loud, sexual harassment is not allowed,” and “respect us, accept us, don’t try to touch us.”

Some held a banner emblazoned with “#MeToo McDonald’s” and others had tape with #MeToo written on it covering their mouths.

“Today, fast-food workers just like me are breaking the silence, we’re taking the historic step and we’re going on strike to tell McDonald’s no more sexual harassment,” McDonald’s worker Adriana Alvarez said at the protest. “We’re not going to tolerate or continue to stay silent anymore.”

In St. Louis, protesters chanted, “Hold the burgers, hold the fries, keep your hands off my thighs,” and in Kansas City, demonstrators chanted “Times up!” and “Women! Power!”

Later Tuesday, demonstrators took over a McDonald’s in south Los Angeles, chanting “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it now? Now!” in English and Spanish.

The striking workers are demanding that McDonald’s form a committee made up of workers, representatives from corporate and franchise stores, and leaders of national women’s groups to address sexual harassment, according to a statement by the group Equal Rights Advocates, which is providing legal support for and sponsoring the strike.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Daniella Silva