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McDonald's workers sue to address 'systemic problem' of sexual harassment

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McDonald's workers sue to address 'systemic problem' of sexual harassment
FILE PHOTO: A sign for the U.S. fast food restaurant chain McDonald's is seen outside one of their restaurants in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, near Brussels, Belgium November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo   -   Copyright  Yves Herman(Reuters)

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp <MCD.N> workers are filing a lawsuit seeking to force the fast-food chain to confront a “systemic problem” of sexual harassment, spokespeople for the workers said in a press statement on Tuesday.

A copy of the proposed class-action complaint was not immediately available. McDonald’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

McDonald’s has long been a target of employees’ rights advocates, including Fight for $15, which pushes for higher minimum wages and better treatment for workers in fast food, retail, child care, home health aid and other businesses.

According to the spokespeople, McDonald’s workers have filed more than 50 complaints in the last three years alleging a variety of illegal conduct in corporate-owned and franchised McDonald’s restaurants.

Workers pursuing the lawsuit are backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, the spokespeople said.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bernadette Baum)