McDonald’s employees and the Fight for $15 campaign filed 28 health and safety complaints with OSHA and state agencies against both franchise owners and corporate headquarters in 19 cities. According to a ThinkProgress report, “the workers say that understaffing and pressure to work quickly, coupled with a lack of protective gear and training, have led to dangerous accidents, some resulting in severe burns.” Workers have to cope with boiling oil, hot grills, and slippery floors, and allege they are made to clean and filter the oil while it is still hot and work over sizzling grills without the right gear. Some workers also say that the stores do not have basic first aid kits and managers often tell workers that they should treat their burns with condiments instead of burn cream. McDonald’s has stated that they will “review these allegations” but that, “It is important to note that these complaints are part of a larger strategy orchestrated by activists targeting our brand and designed to generate media coverage.”
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