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McDonald’s strikes: Workers in these 10 cities take a stand against harassment

Workers are pressuring the burger chain to improve its procedures for reporting harassment.

McDonald’s strikes: Workers in these 10 cities take a stand against harassment
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McDonald’s workers across the country are taking a stand today against on-the-job harassment and sexual misconduct in a one-day strike that will include employees in the following cities:

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  • Chicago
  • Durham, North Carolina
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee
  • New Orleans
  • Orlando, Florida
  • San Francisco
  • St. Louis

Not all employees in the above cities will take part, however. Per the Associated Press, the strike action is meant to pressure the burger chain to improve its procedures for reporting harassment and better train its managers and employees. The strike is being organized in collaboration with members of the Fight for $15 fair-pay movement. The group called it the first-ever nationwide strike against sexual harassment by McDonald’s workers.

A McDonald’s spokesperson sent me the following statement:

“We have strong policies, procedures and training in place specifically designed to prevent sexual harassment. To ensure we are doing all that can be done, we have engaged experts in the areas of prevention and response including, RAINN, to evolve our policies so everyone who works at McDonald’s does so in a secure environment every day.”

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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