In the suit, the EEOC claims that a teenage worker, who was reportedly 16 to 17 years old at the time, experienced "unwelcome comments" about the way he looked from an assistant manager, Bloomberg News reports.
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"McDonald's failed to take sufficient action to remedy or prevent sexual harassment of its employees," states the suit. It added that the New Jersey employment violation was "done with malice or with reckless indifference to the federally protected rights of Charging Party."
McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud told Bloomberg that the fast-food restaurant chain was taking the New Jersey labor dispute "seriously" and that the company requires "all employees to comply with local, state and federal employment laws."
"We remain committed to protecting our employees and providing them with a safe and respectful workplace," Proud said.