McDonald's Works Hold First-Ever #MeToo Labor Strike

McDonalds workers go on strike over ignored reports of sexual harassment and abuse on-the-job

Steve Miller
September 18, 2018 - 2:30 pm

David Rojas/Fight For 15


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A few dozen people protested Tuesday in the West Loop against McDonald's Corporation for its handling of sexual harassment allegations.

Some of the protesters were McDonald's employees.

Aeshia Townsend works at a South Side McDonald's and she said she has been sexually harassed at work.

"My own personal experience with sexual harassment is guys rubbing against. Girls rubbing against. It's not OK to be groping me or to be grabbing me and shoving against me or touching me sexually.  That is not OK," she said.

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WBBM: Have you raised those concerns with your bosses?

"Yes. Yes. They brush it under the rug like it was just another everyday thing.  And it's not acceptable," Townsend said.

Townsend said she makes $12 an hour working at McDonald's. She and others called for an hourly increase to $15.

A McDonalds corporate spokesperson says the compnay has taken steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Here is the statement emailed to WBBM Newsradio:

“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.”


David Rojas

David Rojas

David Rojas