Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

LGBTQ protest planned for SF McDonald’s

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A protest is planned for a McDonald’s in San Francisco’s Mission district Friday, June 23 to call attention to the company’s alleged harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ employees, especially trans workers.

Protestors will gather at 4:45 p.m. at the 24th¬†Street BART station and then cross the street to the restaurant, located at 2801 Mission. After a rally, they’ll join the Trans March, which is set to leave Dolores Park at 6 p.m. and head to Turk and Taylor streets.

McDonald’s protestors say they’re upset that the company is sponsoring Pride celebrations in San Francisco and other cities while treating trans workers and others unfairly. San Francisco’s Pride celebration and parade is set for Saturday, June 24-Sunday, June 25. Protestors are also calling on the fast food chain to pay its workers $15 an hour and give them union rights.

In May, a trans McDonald’s worker in Michigan filed a lawsuit against the company charging “‘extreme sexual harassment and discrimination,’ including suffering genital groping on the job and being forced to use a broom closet as a bathroom,” according to an email from the group¬†Fight for $15. Other LGBTQ McDonald’s workers have filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming sexual harassment and discrimination, said Urbano.

El/La Para TransLatinas and the San Francisco chapter of Democratic Socialists of America are also expected to take part in Friday’s protest.

McDonald’s spokespeople didn’t respond to a request for comment.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 22, 2017 @ 1:02 pm PST
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