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McDonald’s Corp. Must Deal With Sexual Harassment Charges Against Franchise

A federal judge recently ruled that McDonald’s Corp’s is responsible for dealing with sexual harassment charges filed by a former employee who worked at one the fast food giant’s franchises. So reports Society For Human Resource Management.

mcdonald 998495 640smallThe former employee from the St. Louis-based McDonald’s alleged that she had to quit her job a few weeks after starting when the sexual harassment became unbearable. The unidentified worker filed her suit against both McDonald’s Corp. and the franchise operator alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

While McDonald’s contends that it was not responsible because the former employee worked for the franchise and not the parent company, Judge Rodney W. Sippel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri was not swayed. “Although these allegations are relatively general, they are specific enough to put the defendants on notice of the claim against them," Sippel said.

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