(Reuters) -A McDonald & # 39 ;s Corp. franchise in Oakland, California, has agreed to take steps to protect COVID-19 workers to resolve a lawsuit alleging that managers gave employees dog diapers and coffee filter to use as face masks.  The franchise said in the settlement announced on Thursday that it would provide employees with paid sick leave, masks and gloves, maintain social distancing, regularly disinfect surfaces and require workers with COVID-19 symptoms to stay at home.
The franchise will also set up a workers' safety committee, which requires the owner and managers to meet monthly with employees to discuss ways to maintain a safe workplace. was the first of its kind and would create a national model to give more leverage to the workers.
The company denied any wrongdoing, and it was not clear if the settlement contained a financial component.
The deal comes amid an increase in COVID-1
McDonald & # 39 ;s on Wednesday said it will require its U.S. office workers to be vaccinated.
Michael Smith, the Oakland franchise operator, said in a statement that the restaurant began implementing the actions outlined in the settlement more than a year ago.
"We will continue to take all necessary steps to ensure that our stores remain as secure as possible," said Mr. Smith said.
Last week, McDonald & # 39 ;s agreed to implement various protective measures at a company-owned restaurant in Chicago to resolve a lawsuit alleging that the company had created a "general inconvenience" by failing to take measures to protect workers.  McDonald's denied wrongdoing in that case. The company has said it has implemented dozens of security measures at US restaurants.