The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against a McDonald & # 39 ;s Corp. franchise that operates 22 restaurants in three states and accuses it of allowing sexual harassment of teenage workers.
The agency said in a statement Thursday that Kingman, Arizona-based AMTCR Inc. and two of its units, which operate McDonald's in Nevada, Arizona and California, allowed a group of male and female workers to be exposed to "Gross" sexual harassment.
Trial filed in the U.S. District Court of Las Vegas EEOC v. AMTCR Inc. et al. claims that since at least 2017, AMTCR has been aware of, perpetuated and tolerated sexual harassment from supervisors, managers and co-workers at various McDonald & # 39 ;s restaurants that were primarily aimed at young teenage employees.
The EEOC statement said that the harassment often included unwanted groping and touching, offensive comments and gestures regarding male genitals, unwelcome sexual advances, sexual ridicule, intimidation and insults.
EEOC said that the company failed to adequately respond to several complaints, ignore and downplay them instead. It said that many workers thought the work situations were so unacceptable that they had no choice but to quit.
The company is accused of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1
The AMTCR's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.
The EEOC said last week that a restaurant group in New York had agreed to pay $ 125,000 to settle a lawsuit it filed against a restaurant group that accused one of its chief chefs of sexual harassment.