Protesters Urge McDonald's To Crack Down On Harassment

Craig Dellimore
May 21, 2019 - 3:52 pm

Padma Lakshmi speaks at a protest outside McDonald's headquarters. (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There was a noisy demonstration outside McDonald’s headquarters in the West Loop on Tuesday as protesters accused the fast-food giant of falling short on curbing sexual harassment.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the Loop.

Some former and present McDonald’s workers who represent some of the newest harassment suits against the restaurant chain joined the demonstrators.

They detailed their allegations of being subjected to racial slurs, groping and more – one of them was in tears.

Television personality Padma Lakshmi, who works with the ACLU, said the company has outlined a new sexual harassment policy for franchises. But that’s not enough, she said.

“If McDonald’s can dictate the specific type of pickle that can be used by their franchises in their burgers, why can’t they dictate and enforce with penalties a comprehensive set of guidelines?” she said.

Workers advocates and a labor union say they’ve been asking for action for a year.

WBBM Newsradio has asked McDonald’s for comment.