Posted On: January 16, 2009 by Peter M. LaSorsa

Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Illinois Based McDonalds USA LLC

A sexual harassment lawsuit was filed by Crystal Neely, a former employee of McDonald’s alleging the fast-food giant allowed the sexual harassment to occur while she was working as a cashier at the restaurant on Southwest Lost River Road in Stuart Florida. Neely claimed she was hired as a cashier by McDonalds in February 2008 but soon after was subjected to sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from a co-worker. She claims the co-worker grabbed her breasts, tried to kiss her and told her he loved her, according to the lawsuit.

Neely complained about the sexual harassment to management but no action was taken to protect her, she alleges. As a result of her complaint to management a hostile work environment continued to exist until she was terminated in May--which she claims was retaliation for filing the complaint.

Prior to terminating Neely, she was moved to a different McDonald's--and the move hasn't been fully explained. Neely claims the move was the first step in the retaliation process with the final step being her termination.

Danya Proud, a spokeswoman at McDonald’s USA LLC in Illinois said she hasn’t seen Neely’s suit but said McDonald's take such matters very seriously and cautions against jumping to conclusions before all of the facts are in.

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