McDonald’s will introduce new workplace training focused on harassment and workplace safety. Beginning in October, supervisors and employees will receive interactive and computer-based training in addition to in-person discussions. The anti-harassment training comes after the company faced backlash over the way they handled workplace incidences in the past.
Training topics will include anti-bullying tactics, workplace violence, unconscious bias, and bystander intervention. It will also train employees on how to diffuse different situations between customers and co-workers, and how to report harassment and bullying.
Last year, the McDonald’s company began working with RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the country to improve its policies around sexual harassment. In 2018, 95 percent of U.S. franchises completed training focused on sexual harassment, abuse, and retaliation. In May, the company received 23 complaints from the Time’s Up Legal Defense fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Fight for $15. Harassment complaints ranged from groping, indecent exposure, and propositions for sex. The 23 cases included charges that have been filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Examples of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Examples of sexual harassment in the workplace include:
- Inappropriate touching or grouping
- Making sexual comments about appearance, body parts, or clothing
- Asking sexual questions
- Making offensive comments regarding someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation
- Displaying inappropriate sexual images
What You Can Do About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
If you believe that you were the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you have a right to file a harassment claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). However, you must be able to prove that your employer attempted to correct the problem and that the accused employee refused to stop their harassing behavior. It is your responsibility to make detailed notes about the harassment that occurred, where it occurred, and any witnesses that were around when it happened. You should also report the incident to your company’s human resource department as soon as possible. If nothing is done about the problem, you should then consult an experienced employment lawyer.
Cherry Hill Employment Lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Represent Clients Filing Sexual Harassment Claims
If you have been sexually harassed in the workplace, contact a Cherry Hill employment lawyer at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. Our experienced lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your suffering. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 215-569-1999. Located in Pennsauken, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Marlton, Moorestown, and Mount Laurel.