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McDonald's employee files harassment lawsuit

Employers in Texas are generally required to take steps to protect employees from on-the-job harassment. A lawsuit filed by a female McDonald's employee in Michigan claimed that she was touched and propositioned for sex by a male colleague. It is just one of what an attorney claims are more than 50 cases currently pending against the company. The lawsuit referenced the recent termination of the company's former CEO for engaging in a romantic relationship with another employee.

Ultimately, the employee claimed that this was an example of the toxic culture that is pervasive throughout all levels of the organization. According to the complaint, the plaintiff witnessed other female employees experience harassment as well. The plaintiff says that the behavior did not cease even after bringing it to the attention of a superior within the company. In a statement, McDonald's said that it was instituting new harassment training for its workers in corporate-owned stores.

There was also a push to have it adopted at locations owned by franchisees. McDonald's added that it is committed to providing its employees with a safe and respectful workplace. The lawsuit in Michigan seeks $5 million in damages for the plaintiff and other potential victims who worked at the location. If it receives class-action status, more than 50 other women could potential be named as additional plaintiffs.

There are various ways to resolve a workplace harassment incident in a fair and timely manner. For instance, an employer may agree to hold training sessions or transfer an employee who is being disruptive. However, if these efforts don't work, employees may be able to take their cases to court. An attorney could review a harassment case to determine a way to resolve it according to applicable employment laws.

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