When the McDonald’s worker Gretchen Carlson along with other women said that they were sexually harassed at work they started a little war. More and more women recognized that they were in the same position but could not do anything because they were too afraid.
Other 15 McDonald’s workers filed complaints about the same reason. Despite this, McDonald’s is not the only one.
A new survey found that 2 out of 5 women who work in the fast-food industry are being harassed. This happens because women who work here need the job and can’t complain about anything because they are too afraid of being fired.
One woman who confessed that her supervisor was sexually harassing her was fired because the manager did not believe her. This type of incidents happen very often, especially with women who work in this industry.
The survey that questioned 1200 employees that work in fast-food found the 40 % of women mentioned that they were sexually harassed at work. From those women, almost half of them experienced depression and were afraid to return to work the next day. The women reported that the harassment started as simple jokes and escalated to groping and assault.
This survey also showed that women prefer to deal with the problem alone and only a few of them reported the problem to a manager. The workers earn low salaries and they want to keep them, being their only means of survival. The workers who told their bosses about the problem said that they had their hours cut, the schedule changed, and some of them even got fired.
Despite the fact that nobody should tolerate sexual harassment, women continue to work there because they have no other alternative.
Any company has policies when it comes to any type of harassment but apparently not everybody respects that. This is why there should be some enforcement. For example, McDonald’s dictates anything from uniforms to drive-through time and has a policy of zero-tolerance for sexual harassment. The policy is obviously not respected since so many workers there have reported problems almost every week.
The only way this is going to change is if supervisors were more careful and keep an eye on the workers. If he sees anything suspicious he should investigate the problem and hear the woman’s side of the story without punishing her.