The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (“EEOC”) has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against McDonald’s, alleging the fast food giant engaged in unlawful employment practices” by creating and maintaining a hostile work environment based on sex. The complaint asserts unwanted sexual comments and touching by a female assistant manager.
The EEOC is seeking punitive damages for what it calls “malicious and reckless” behavior by McDonald’s in failing to implement policies to protect against sexual harassment. Media reports of the complaint did not indicate how widespread the alleged absence of preventive policies might go. In 2007, however, Arizona and California McDonald’s franchisees settled claims of a class of teenage workers for $550,000.00, along with agreements to provide training on recognizing and preventing sexual harassment.
Underage workers may be particularly vulnerable to sexual harsasment and hostile work environments. If you or loved ones suspect that an Oregon employer may be subjecting you to such unlawful employment practices, the Law Office of Dane E. Johnson welcomes your contact. There is absolutely no fee for a consultation, and no obligation of any kind. Please use our contact form or call Portland, Oregon employment lawyer Dane Johnson directly at (503) 975-8298.