An enjoyable work environment can make any type of job a pleasant place to work, no matter what the occupational field may be. Conversely, a negative work environment can leave workers feeling uncomfortable and dreading having to return to their posts. When a hostile environment includes sexual harassment or other forms of negative behavior, employees may feel compelled to leave their positions.
Two former McDonald's workers in Florida have recently filed a federal claim due to facing harassment in the workplace. The workers' claim states that their manager used racial slurs and "pet names" that made them feel uncomfortable and humiliated. One of the former workers also claims that the manager silenced her objections to such actions and that he would throw objects when he was angry.
The two made complaints about the manager's behavior but feel they were retaliated against as a result. One of the former worker's hours were drastically reduced, and she was forced to find other employment when the manager's behavior allegedly continued. The other worker claimed that when she attempted to return to her position from maternity leave, she was told that her position was no longer available.
The use of derogatory terms and names and other negative actions toward the employees created a hostile work environment that they felt qualified as sexual harassment and discrimination. Because the behavior of their manager was not modified after they filed complaints, they felt the need to take legal action. Information on Florida state laws dealing with similar situations could help the workers determine how to best proceed with their case as it moves forward.
Source: theledger.com, Ex-McDonald's Employees File Lawsuit, Jason Geary, Nov. 16, 2013