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'Don't Grab Workers': McDonald's Employees Walk Out Over Toxic Male Behavior

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Sept. 18, 2018: McDonald's workers in South L.A. protest sexual harassment in the workplace (Photo by Matt Tinoco)
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A 10-city, nationwide protest took place Tuesday to draw attention to workplace sexual harassment in another powerhouse industry: fast food.

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Sept. 18, 2018: McDonald's workers in South L.A. protest sexual harassment in the workplace (Photo by Matt Tinoco)

In South L.A. about 100 people, mostly Latinas, marched to a McDonald's restaurant at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Florence Avenue after gathering at a nearby park.

The #MeToo headlines generally aren't about what happened in a fast-food restaurant bathroom between a line cook and the franchise manager. One critique of the movement has been that it could do more to highlight the stories of working class women.

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The goal of today's coordinated walkout and protest is to highlight how toxic behavior by people with power -- whether a studio mogul or a motel manager -- infects every level of society, and every industry.

The strike was organized in part by SEIU's Fight for $15 campaign and the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, intended to subsidize legal costs for victims of workplace sexual abuse.

WHAT WE SAW AT THE MARCH