Michigan McDonald’s employee accused of sexually assaulting women –
Class action statute granted in a sexual assault case against the director of McDonald’s.
Gillian Thomas, an attorney with ACLU Women’s Rights Projects, represents several women who alleged they were assaulted while working at McDonald’s in Mason, Michigan. A Federal District Judge has granted class action status in the lawsuit against two McDonald’s franchise owners. Thomas said the number of women assaulted by the McDonald’s employee was around 100.
The original complaint read: “McDonald’s, one of the largest employers in the country, creates and empowers a toxic work culture from the top.” McDonald’s was initially named a co-accused but was dismissed in the case.
The plaintiffs testified that McDonald’s employee Sean Banks “made sexual jokes, commented on the bodies of his subordinate employees, groped their breasts, crotch and buttocks and forced them into sex. sexual, “according to court records. When these incidents were reported, Banks’ supervisors did little to stop him from preying on restaurant workers. Thomas said the case is “hands down the worst of all sexual harassment lawsuits” she has seen.
Complainant Jenna Ries claims Banks “put his penis in her hand as they worked next to each other,” according to court documents. Another complainant said she was “forced to have sex [with him] in exchange for more hours on the schedule.
“These are among the most vulnerable workers for a variety of reasons,” Thomas said. “They tend to be younger and have less formal education about their rights. They may have a more precarious economic situation because they are paid minimum wage… The youth of many of his victims was a hallmark of much of his harassment. He was nicknamed the “Minor Violator” by people and was known to have a fixation on girls. But also, he also harassed women much older than him. So really, every shift this guy worked was an exercise in verbal harassment and physical harassment. “
Thomas added: “His harassment was heard by all and seen by all. You didn’t have to be next to him to endure his abuse. You might be in another part of the restaurant and still be subjected to a torrent of speech, touching, or sexual abuse directed at other people.
She said there were similar lawsuits alleging the sexual assault of McDonald’s restaurant workers across the country, adding, “When we know there is a systemic problem, there should be a systemic solution. “
McDonald’s said it “will start requiring franchise owners to adopt standards to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in January 2022”. However, Thomas explained that the company “would not show him the standards.” This leads him to believe that nothing will be done to prevent this behavior from continuing to occur.
“The company cares a lot more about the profits it makes from Big Macs, fries and shakes, and hardly cares what happens to the people who make these products for it,” she said.
A conference regarding the case in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan is scheduled for Jan.31. At that time, a trial date will be set.
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