Employees in Wisconsin and across the rest of the country should be able to go to work without worrying about unwanted sexual advances or harassment. This type of workplace discrimination is sadly still a widespread problem. When companies do not handle these issues, it is sometimes up to the workers to take matters into their own hands.
A group of 25 female McDonald’s workers recently filed sexual harassment complaints against the fast food restaurant. The complaints were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Most of these complaints are new, which means that the EEOC will have to investigate the claims. However, some were follow-up complaints from 2018, which means that they will proceed to court.
One of the women who filed a complaint said that she was punished for filing complaints about a manager who repeatedly sexually harassed both her and her teenage daughter. Her claim detailed the retaliation, saying that she was denied promotions, had her hours cut and was pushed out of a manager training program. These actions caused a significant financial burden, and she fell behind on rent. Her account was not unique, and a large number of female employees plan to go on strike because of the ongoing problem.
In the last three years alone, female employees at McDonald’s have made more than 50 sexual harassment lawsuits along with complaints to the EEOC. This kind of behavior is unacceptable for any worker in Wisconsin, and it can be extremely disheartening when complaints are met with silence or denial. This is why pursuing workplace discrimination lawsuits is so important, as it holds companies financially responsible for their actions.