According to the Madison Host, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against the Poynette-based owner and operator of 42 McDonald’s restaurants in Wisconsin. The feds allege discriminatory practices at Missoula Mac and allegedly allowing the sexual harassment of female workers at its restaurants.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Madison, stems from discrimination charges and federal civil rights violations filed by three former McDonald’s workers. They and other women, were subjected to a pattern of sexual comments, proposition and inappropriate touching by make co-workers. The lawsuit also alleges that women were retaliated against after complaining about the treatment.
The EEOC stated that sexual harassment was so severe and intolerable that at least one woman was forced to quit her job. Some of the women employed were high school teenagers. The lawsuit followed an investigation by the EEOC, the district’s director said in a statement that it was distressing how young some of the victims appear to have been. The agency considers it a considerable concern, especially at a business that hires so many young employees and vulnerable teenagers.
The agency failed to reach an out of court settlement with Missoula Mac, and filed a lawsuit seeking lost wages, compensatory and punitive damages for women who were harassed or retaliated against, and an injunction to end discriminatory practices.