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McDonald’s franchise settles sexual harassment case

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Jul 4, 2022

The operator of 10 New England McDonald’s franchises is set to pay $1.6 million to settle allegations that a manager at the fast-food chain made sexual comments to employees and regularly groped them. Some of the victims were teenagers.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge William Sessions in Burlington, Vermont, approved a consent decree that requires franchisee Coughlin Inc to rebuild its anti-harassment policies.

Last year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit accusing the manager of a Coughlin-owned McDonald’s in Randolph, Vermont, of harassing male and female employees for five years. The manager was fired in 2019 after the parents of a male employee filed a police report.

Coughlin denied any wrongdoing.

“These regulations set the tone for employers to recognize their duty to keep workers safe, respect their dignity and provide a workplace free from discrimination,” commented Acting Attorney General Joshua Diamond.

“I want to thank our federal partners at the EEOC and Assistant Attorney General Emily Chamberlain Adams for their work on this important issue. Ensuring compliance with anti-discrimination laws is essential to creating a safe, respectful and inclusive workplace. »

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