"We have strong policies, procedures and training in place specifically created to prevent sexual harassment", the company said Tuesday in the statement.
"We must stand with the fearless McDonald's workers walking out today to demand the company address this epidemic of sexual harassment", he said. The statement in question claims, "This committee would chart a path forward to make sure nobody who works for McDonald's faces sexual harassment on the job". "We will continue - as we always have - to look at ways to do even more to ensure that McDonald's values are reflected in every restaurant, every day".
The workers have joined forces with the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund and the Fight for $15, a movement dedicated to raising wages and establishing unions for fast food employees, to file a series of complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
McDonald's responded to the strikers' complaints in general terms, saying it pursues policies meant to forestall sexual harassment.
RAINN, an acronym for the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network is an anti-sexual violence organization that runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline. In 1912, hundreds of corset factory workers in MI protested against bad working conditions and sexual harassment.
This week, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Del Taco, accusing the Lake Forest, Calif. -based chain of ignoring complaints of store supervisors sexually harassing female employees, including teenagers. "I can't tell her to stand up for herself if I'm not willing to stand up for myself".
"They want people to think they care, but they don't care", she said.
The 2016 Hart Research survey also showed that 42 percent of women in the industry who experience unwanted sexual behavior feel forced to accept it because they can't afford to lose their jobs.
In St. Louis, one teenage accuser said an older male employee told her she had a "nice body" and asked, "Have you ever had white chocolate inside you?" the National Women's Law Center said in a news release earlier this year.
However, when she reported the incident her "supervisors did nothing".
When she complained Harrell said her managers did not take it seriously and suggested there was some kind of relationship between the two and she should take it to the "next level". No action was taken against the co-worker.
Employees at McDonald's in numerous cities will be participating in the strike.
The protest, organized by the Fight for $15 workers' rights group, was planned for the lunch hour in nine other cities as well: Durham, N.C.; Kansas City, Kan.; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando, Fla; San Francisco; and St. Louis.