Many employees in New York and in the rest of the country have experienced sexual harassment while in the job. The prevalence of this illegal conduct is greater in certain workplaces. A recent study has detailed that 75% of women who work at McDonald’s report being on the receiving end of sexual harassment at work.
Many McDonald’s locations do not just have isolated cases of harassment. Instead, there is a reported culture of sexual harassment. Now, this is starting to become public as women are coming forward with the stories of what they have had to endure at work. Some of the conduct that women reported experiencing is truly shocking. A stunning 22% of female employees claim that they were asked for sexual favors in exchange for more hours or a promotion. Sexual comments and suggestive looks seem to be the normal course of business at McDonald’s franchises, making it an inhospitable workplace for women.
McDonald’s responded to the report by reiterating its commitment to a workplace that is free of harassment. However, the fast-food giant seemed to dent that the problem was an epidemic at its franchises. The company pointed to the fact that the survey only questioned a small fraction of the company’s workers. This seemingly undercuts the strength of its purported commitment when the company will not acknowledge the severity of the program.
Women who have experienced sexual harassment at work do not have to simply tolerate it. They can legal action against the company depending on the severity of the conduct and the company’s response. Women who have been subjected to intolerable behavior while at work that marginalizes or demeans them should seek out an employment law attorney to learn more about how they can file a lawsuit against the employer for what they were forced to endure.