McDonald’s workers in KC, St. Louis strike over sexual harassment

McDonald’s workers in Kansas City and St. Louis went on a one-day strike Tuesday, joining workers from eight other cities across the U.S. in protesting the fast-food chain’s handling of workplace sexual harassment.

Spurred to act by the #MeToo movement, the workers rallied outside restaurants Tuesday. They called for steps including stricter enforcement of McDonald’s existing zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment, more rigorous harassment-prevention training for franchise owners and employees, and union representation to address harassment concerns.

Tuesday’s protest were also an outgrowth of the nationwide Fight for $15, which has for years pushed to increase the minimum wage for low-paid workers.

McDonald’s said in a statement it has policies, procedures and training in place to prevent harassment. The company said it may hire consultants to assist with its training.

Read more: Kansas City StarSt. Louis Public Radio

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