EXCLUSIVE: Workers file new sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's

EXCLUSIVE: Workers file new sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's

McDonald's is facing new allegations of sexual harassment.
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Three workers at a Chicago McDonald's filed EEOC complaints related to sexual harassment on Monday.

Workers said they faced harassment from a shift manager, including unwanted touching and comments.

McDonald's said that it is taking allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment seriously.

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McDonald's workers filed new sexual harassment complaints against the fast-food giant on International Women's Day. On Monday, three women who work at a Chicago McDonald's filed complaints against the company and their store's franchise owner with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Two of the women allege that they were harassed by a manager, and a third said she faced retaliation after she reported that she had witnessed sexual harassment on the job. One of the women, Ariel Cooper, said that a shift manager would touch her and make inappropriate comments, such as asking the 19-year-old to drink with him in his car.Elnisha Watts said the same shift manager harassed her, making remarks such as asking her to take off her wig "so he could see how beautiful I look when I wake up in the morning." The manager would regularly touch her and invade her personal space, according to Watts. On one occasion, she said, she saw him staring at her while visibly erect.
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