South Florida

Eating lunch at McDonald’s next week? There’s something you should know.

The golden arches
The golden arches

McDonald’s workers are fighting back on Tuesday, thanks to the #MeToo movement.

They’re going on strike.

The nationwide protest will be staged during the lunchtime rush, starting at noon in 10 cities: Chicago, Durham, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Orleans, San Francisco, St. Louis, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

The South Florida restaurant affected is at 2300 W. Sunrise Blvd.; the Orlando location is at 9814 Internatonal Dr.



Organizers say the walkout is due to a lack of response from McDonald’s to 10 complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May alleging sexual harassment.

Tuesday’s strike was called by members of local Fight for $15 Women’s Committees, which formed following the filing of the EEOC charges.

According to a news release emailed to The Miami Herald on Wednesday, the staffers are striking because they are “fed up with McDonald’s failure to address groping, lewd comments, propositions for sex and other illegal behavior in its stores, cooks and cashiers.”

The event should last about an hour and there may be a few speakers on premises, as well as some rallying. The employees who are going on strike will not report back to work.

The strikers will demand McDonald’s form a committee to address sexual harassment, “comprised of workers, representatives from corporate and franchise stores, and leaders of national women’s groups.”

The Illinois-based fast food company released a statement to the Associated Press regarding the upcoming walkout: ”We have policies, procedures and training in place that are specifically designed to prevent sexual harassment at our company and company-owned restaurants, and we firmly believe that our franchisees share this commitment.”

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