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is McDonald's care more about selling burgers and fries than it does about making sure it's employees are safe on the job celebrities civil rights groups and McDonald's staffers converged on the fast food chain's Chicago headquarters Tuesday to fight with they see as an unhealthy work environments and it's got nothing to do with these greasy fries McDonald's was slapped with twenty five fresh lawsuits and regulatory charges accusing it of sexual harassment and retaliating against employees who speak out against it it is unacceptable for any worker wearing your uniform making your six billion in profits possible to go through what these women as so many of us have had to face the cases were announced by the American civil liberties union the labor group fight for fifteen and the time's up legal defense fund and alleged misconduct including groping indecent exposure and propositions for sex at McDonald's locations in twenty U. S. cities it's not the first time the folks behind the golden arches have been accused of behaving badly McDonald has faced more than fifty similar charges in lawsuits in the last three years the ACLU said last September workers intensity staged a one day strike to protest alleged sexual harassment but with more than ninety percent of the restaurants franchised McDonald's has long maintained it should not be liable for how those franchisees behave the time's up group disagrees and said so in a letter to McDonald's top brass Tuesday writing when people reported getting sick from McDonald's salad you immediately pulled let us from three thousand of your restaurants whether they were run by the corporation or franchisee if you can protect your customers from bad lettuce you can protect your workers from sexual harassment and assault McDonald's chief executive Steve Easterbrook now says the company is looking to clean up its act in letters written to Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth and top chef host Padma Lakshmi both of whom support the workers because he said McDonald's has more clearly defined its rat , men policies trained most franchise owners and will be training frontline employees a twenty sixteen survey found that two and five women in the fast food industry face sexual harassment with more than forty percent of those feeling forced to accept the abuse because they can't afford to lose their jobs