McDonald’s workers sue fast food chain claiming they face ‘daily risk of violence at work’
Weeks after McDonald’s fired former CEO Steve Easterbrook for having a relationship with an employee, 17 Chicago-area workers are suing the fast-food giant over what they call a “citywide and nationwide pattern” of violence.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Illinois state court claims corporate officials have chosen profit over workers’ safety, alleging that employees “face a daily risk of violence while at work” and McDonald’s has been “negligent in failing to protect workers from this risk.”
The suit points to high rates of 911 calls from Chicago McDonald’s restaurants with more than 20 calls a day.
“The plaintiffs are pursuing this case to address the systemic problem of violence affecting them and their co-workers every day,” Danny Rosenthal, the lead attorney in the lawsuit, said in a call announcing the lawsuit Thursday.
Incidents outlined in the legal complaint include a customer who jumped over the counter and pulled a gun on workers, a customer beating an employee over the head and back with a heavy wet-floor sign, and in another instance, a customer urinating on a worker.
McDonald’s, whose employee training program includes guidance on how to mitigate workplace violence, said in a statement that it “takes seriously its responsibility to provide and foster a safe working environment for our employees, and along with our franchisees, continue to make investments in training programs that uphold safe environments for customers and crew members. In addition to training, McDonald’s maintains stringent policies against violence in our restaurants.”
Sonia Acuña, a McDonald’s worker and plaintiff in the suit, disagrees.
Acuna said that police found a dead body in her store’s bathroom.
“McDonald’s never provided any safety training or offered any support for the trauma I’ve suffered,” she said in a press release. “We shouldn’t have to put ourselves in harm’s way just to support our families. That’s why we’re suing McDonald’s today – because it’s life or death for us.”…….read more
Source: USA Today