Chicago fast food workers rallied Thursday afternoon outside McDonald’s in protest over allegations of “rampant sexual harassment” at the burger giant.
The protest comes on the heels of 15 complaints being filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by McDonald’s workers from eight states, including Illinois, against the company over sexual harassment allegations. All but one of the complaints are from workers at franchise-operated McDonald’s locations.
The sexual harassment allegations range “from groping, lewd comments, and offers of cash in exchange for sexual favors, often by managers,” according to the Fight for $15 campaign.
Fast food workers are protesting Thursday in three dozen cities to demand that McDonald’s enforce the “zero-tolerance policy against sexual harassment outlined in its Operations and Training Policies for Franchisees manuals.” Chicago fast food workers demonstrated outside the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s in River North.
In response to the sexual harassment complaints, a McDonald’s spokesperson released a statement to The Huffington Post.
“At McDonald’s, we and our independent owner-operators share a deep commitment to the respectful treatment of everyone,” the McDonald’s statement reads. “There is no place for harassment and discrimination of any kind in McDonald’s restaurants or in any workplace. We take any concerns seriously and are reviewing the allegations.”