From the press room at The Nation magazine:
McDonald’s Has a Real Sexual Harassment Problem
McDonald’s is one of the country’s most recognizable and popular brands, and one of the largest employers in the United States. Given such visibility and clout, it might be expected that the fast food chain would exercise a certain measure of corporate responsibility and public accountability if its employees are put in harm’s way. But that is not what has happened.
Nation contributor Bryce Covert reports how McDonald’s has fostered a workplace rife with sexual harassment, and consistently fails women who report it. She spoke to 8 women and reviewed two dozen legal documents to investigate the epidemic of sexual harassment at the Golden Arches. Since 2015, scores of women have accused the company of fostering a workplace rife with sexual harassment and of turning its back when they came forward to report their treatment. They have filed dozens of legal complaints and staged a historic nationwide strike over the issue. And yet a full-scale reckoning still has not come to pass.
This article appears on the cover of the August 10/17, 2020, edition of The Nation magazine, out now.
ABOUT: Bryce Covert (@brycecovert) is a contributor at The Nation and a contributing op-ed writer at The New York Times.
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