Former metro McDonald’s worker one of more than a dozen nationwide to file sexual harassment lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A former Kansas City McDonald’s employee says she was sexually harassed on the job and she’s not alone. She’s one of 15 people nationwide coming together to file complaints against the company for rampant sexual harassment.

FOX 4 spoke with one Kansas City woman who has filed a complaint. She wanted to remain anonymous but is speaking out against a manager who is still employed at a metro McDonald’s.

She’s a single mother with two young kids. She was homeless, living out of her car.

“My son was like mommy where is my bed?”

In that moment, she knew she had to make a change.

“We didn't have a way to eat or provide for ourselves. I saw a sign in the window saying 'now hiring.'”

She was offered a job at a metro McDonald’s making $8 an hour. One month after being hired, she says her manager began sexually harassing her. She says he got her personal number and began texting and calling late at night. She says her manager then started rubbing against her at work.

“I’d rather take this then for my kids to look at me like, 'mama what’s going on? Why am I hungry?'”

Eventually she got a new job and quit McDonald’s. She decided she was done being quiet.

“I got a 1-year-old daughter. I don’t want when she decides to get a job, I don’t want her to think its okay that her manager is touching her or looking at her the wrong way because it’s not okay.”

So she joined with Stand Up KC, a group fighting for more pay and a union to protect fast food employees. She also filed a complaint along with 14 other people, citing rampant sexual harassment at McDonald’s chains across the country. She decided it’s time to stand up for the future.

“I want to make it better for the next generation.”

Dozens of Kansas City workers will be protesting the sexual harassment Thursday beginning at noon. Protestors will gather at the McDonald’s at 3051 Van Brunt Road, KCMO.