The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it has received 15 federal complaints over the last month relating to allegations of sexual harassment by McDonald’s employees.
The complaints claim that the workers alerted McDonald’s corporate offices and franchise general managers about alleged sexual harassment abuses, but were either ignored or punished after speaking out.
The claims reportedly span from lewd comments and actions to solicitation.
McDonald’s maintains that it is not responsible for hiring, which is handled at the franchise level.
Reports indicate that McDonald’s workers are planning on holding protests in three dozen US cities on Thursday, most likely during the busy lunch hour.
The complaints were filed in conjunction with Fight for $15, a group of activists fighting for higher wages and better working conditions for fast-food workers. Fight for $15 is also involved in planning Thursday’s protests.
Fight for $15 also shared the following video on their Facebook shortly after the complaints were filed.
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.