MCDONALD’S franchisees have agreed to a nearly $2 million settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to resolve sexual harassment claims.
Some former and current McDonald’s employees may be eligible for a portion of the $2 million severance pay.
The settlement applies only to individuals who have worked for certain franchisees and have experienced sexual harassment or a sexually hostile work environment.
The settlement involves 21 McDonald’s restaurants located in Nevada and California.
These restaurants are operated by a company called AMCTR.
The EEOC alleges that these franchisees violated labor laws by failing to try to stop sexual harassment in the workplace.
The settlement does not require the franchisees to admit wrongdoing, but does include a $1.99 million payment to resolve the EEOC complaint.
Applicants may be eligible for cash payments, which are determined based on the EEOC’s assessment of discrimination and harm.
Individuals who have worked for those particular restaurants and have claims relating to sexual harassment and/or a sexually hostile work environment may be eligible for compensation under the Settlement.
The exact amount of cash payments is determined by the EEOC based on the discrimination and harm suffered by each individual.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
To qualify as a beneficiary, an individual must have been employed by one of these companies between January 1, 2017 and January 5, 2023.
In addition, the EEOC must confirm that the individual has a valid basis for alleging sexual harassment and/or a sexually hostile work environment.
To receive severance benefits, eligible employees must submit a valid claim form by October 10, 2023.
If an individual believes they have been subjected to sexual harassment and/or a sexually hostile work environment during their employment with the AMTCR companies between the dates provided, they may be eligible for compensation from the Compensation Fund.
It is important to carefully review the information provided on the website and the court documents to understand how they affect your statutory rights.
The case is called US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. AMTCR Inc. et al. and was approved by assent decree on January 5, 2023.
TYPES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE
There are two types of sexual harassment in the workplace: harassment by a hostile work environment and retaliatory harassment.
Harassment by a hostile work environment is a work environment that is intimidating, hostile, or offensive because of unwelcome sexual behavior, comments, or actions.
An example of this is co-workers making sexually explicit jokes or showing explicit images that create an awkward or offensive atmosphere.
Harassment in return means making a person’s benefit or opportunity in the workplace conditional on them accepting unwelcome sexual advances or requests.
For example, a supervisor promises a promotion in exchange for an employee’s consent to sex.
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