McDonald's faces sexual harassment accusations

The lawsuits and federal complaints, filed in 20 cities across the U.S., accuse the fast-food company of gender-based discrimination and subsequent retaliation.
2:41 | 05/22/19

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Now to McDonald's under fire this morning. The fast food giant facing two dozen lawsuits and complaints alleging sexual harassment. Linsey Davis is here with those. Good morning. The restaurant industry has one of the highest reported rates of sexual harassment in the workplace and this morning, the time's up movement is zeroing in on the franchise once known for the motto I'm Lovin' it telling McDonald's they're not having it after a host of complaints of sexual harassment. This morning, the time's up movement is taking aim at one of the largest companies in the world. I heard workers tell stories of being harassed while working at McDonald's. I reported both men and the behavior several times. Reporter: More than two dozen workers accused the company of sexual assault, harassment and gender-based discrimination. Flanked by time's up supporter top chef padma lakshmi. Brittany says she was sexual harassed when she was just 16 and after she rejected his advances and reported the alleged sexual harassment she was demoted. I wanted to throw in the towel every single day I had to go in for those shifts. Reporter: Brittany's mother worked at the same McDonald's training to be manager but after alerting her superiors of the alleged misconduct they retaliated. My career path where I was becoming manager came to a halt. Reporter: McDonald's says it has always had an unyielding commitment to providing a safe and respectful work environment adding that last year after several harassment lawsuits were filed, it had enhanced its policy so that it more clearly informs employees of their right, more clearly defines sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation and underscores how employees can report a complaint if they do not feel comfortable addressing it with a manager. McDonald's also says that its working with the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S. And say they've rolled out an interactive training course which focuses on how to spot, address and prevent harassment as well as third party hotline for reporting complaints. Now, what's interesting, McDonald's is saying, look, we can't control how sexual harassment operates as far as these franchises are concerned but meanwhile they can tell them down to the pattern of the condiments put on each burger. This is something not going This is why time's up was established to help these type of workers. To get beyond Hollywood. Thank you. Thank you.

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