Court Refuses to Toss Case Against McDonald’s for Sexual Harassment at 100 Corporate Operated Restaurants in Florida

July 20, 2021 – In April 2020, Altshuler Berzon LLP, with co-counsel, filed a putative class action lawsuit against McDonald’s, on behalf of all women who work at McDonald’s corporate owned and operated restaurants in Florida.  The lawsuit, Fairley et al. v. McDonald’s Corp., et al.,  alleges a pattern of unchecked sexual harassment at 100 restaurants in Florida.  In particular, the lawsuit alleges that McDonald’s does not have sufficient policies, procedures, and training to prevent sex harassment.  It also alleges that McDonald’s fails to train low level managers – to whom reports of sex harassment are most frequently made or who may actually observe the harassment while performing their job – as to what to do when they receive a report of harassment or observe harassment themselves.  McDonald’s filed a motion to dismiss the case, and to strike the class action allegations.  The Court denied that motion, finding that Plaintiffs had alleged sufficient facts to move forward on all of their claims on behalf of all women workers at McDonald’s corporate owned and operated restaurants in Florida.  The Plaintiffs are seeking $500 million in class-wide damages.

You can read the Plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint here.

You can read the Court’s order denying McDonald’s Motion to Dismiss here.