Two teenage girls in Iowa have accused their shift trainer at a McDonald’s of sexual harassment, according to the Des Moines Register. The two girls are sisters and worked at the same McDonalds in 2010 and 2011. They claim they were subjected to inappropriate comments and groping, and one of them was sent graphic images and cartoon pornography by shift trainer Gary Sonderleiter at the restaurant. Sonderleiter is in his 30’s. When the girls raised complaints to their supervisor, their hours were reduced.
“I told him that he was making me and my sister very uncomfortable, that he was too old for us and he needed to stop and find someone closer to his own age,” one of the plaintiffs told reporters. “He proceeded to tell me that age is just a number.”
The training manager, the supervisor and McDonald’s have all been named as defendants in the sexual harassment lawsuit. The plaintiffs have documented records of the pornographic images sent to the children. This type of behavior is not only inappropriate, it is illegal. It is astonishing that complaints of this nature coming from teenage girls were ignored. Please visit our website for more information on sexual harassment, and contact our firm for a free consultation.
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