July 19, 2012

McDonald's Franchisee Sued by EEOC Agrees to Ombuds Program

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has settled a class sexual harassment lawsuit against the owner of 25 McDonald’s restaurants on terms that include the creation of an Ombuds program.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Missoula Mac, Inc. violated federal civil rights laws at its Wisconsin McDonald’s by permitting male employees to create a hostile work environment of sexual harassment against female co-workers, some of whom were teenagers, and by retaliating against those who complained about sexual harassment. Under a settlement agreement approved by the U.S. District Court, Missoula Mac will pay $1,000,000 and provide substantial injunctive relief, including: "create an ombudsperson position responsible for monitoring, soliciting and resolving complaints of sexual harassment or retaliation." No other details regarding the new Ombuds program were published by the EEOC. The case was: EEOC and Dunse, Brown, and Gay v. Missoula Mac, Inc. d/b/a McDonald’s Restaurants (Case No. 3:11-cv-00267-bbc). (EEOC Press Release.)

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