McDonald’s Must Face $500 Million Sexual-Harassment Lawsuit


·         Multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought by female employees

·         Workers throughout Florida reported harassment


Sylvia Carignan, Bloomberg Law

July 20, 2021


McDonald’s Corp. must face Florida restaurant workers’ allegations that the company is liable for sexual harassment and discrimination at one of its locations, the Northern District of Illinois said Tuesday.


Two female employees of a Sanford, Fla., McDonald’s restaurant said they worked in a “discriminatory, sexually charged, and hostile work environment.”


The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the company’s motion to dismiss, saying the employees’ allegations identified specific incidents, which put the company on fair notice.


The employees, Jamelia Fairley and Ashley Reddick, allege the company is liable for its failure to prevent and remediate acts of sexual harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and civil rights violations that they noted in their complaint.


“McDonald’s workers throughout Florida have reported that they were sexually harassed and that McDonald’s failed to prevent or remediate the harassment,” Judge Franklin U. Valderrama said in the opinion...