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Sexual Harassment News: Mario Batali, McDonald's

by HB Sexual Harassment Legal Team

05/23/2019

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Disgraced celebrity chef Mario Batali faces criminal charges for sexual misconduct

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is being charged with indecent assault and battery.

More than a year ago, Batali admitted to sexual misconduct, but this is the first time that he is being criminally charged.

If convicted, Batali faces up to 2½ years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender. read more »

McDonald's Facing New Charges Of Sexual Harassment

For the third time in three years, McDonald's Corp. is facing allegations of rampant sexual harassment of female employees by male coworkers and managers.

Twenty-three new complaints against McDonald's — 20 of which were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — were announced Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, the labor group Fight for $15, and the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund. Three of the complaints were filed as civil rights lawsuits, and two suits stemmed from previous allegations.

The complaints of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment of low-wage workers include inappropriate touching, indecent exposure, lewd comments and requests for sex, as well as retaliation for reporting such conduct. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at corporate and franchise stores in 20 cities. read more »