Employees from various McDonald's restaurant locations across the country have banded together in protest of the restaurant's treatment of their burn injuries. The employees say that McDonald's failed to give them appropriate first aid after they were burned on the job. The injured workers have organized protests, and they have received support for the "Fight for 15" workers' rights group, which is demanding that fast food employees in Tennessee and the rest of the country receive a minimum wage increase up to $15.00.
One man who was burned while working at McDonald's said that he plans to file a federal complaint over the incident. He said that he was removing some hot apple pies from a McDonald's oven when he was burned above his eye. After rushing to the first-aid kit, he was surprised to find it was completely empty, without even a band-aid inside.
Over two dozen workers say that they will be filing federal lawsuits regarding burn injuries at McDonald's, and dozens have already initiated their complaints. The lawsuits claim that the workers were denied appropriate burn treatment. In many cases, they were offered condiments, like butter and mustard, to smear on their wounds. One woman, who earns only $8.10 an hour, said that the mustard was of no use, and she later had to go to the hospital.
McDonald's claims that the lawsuits and protests are smear campaigns to damage its public image. Nevertheless, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health concurs that burn injuries happen frequently at fast food restaurants. Apparently, 79 percent of fast food workers in Tennessee and the rest of the country have become injured workers after suffering some kind of on-the-job burn.
Source: nydailynews.com, "McDonald's employees across U.S. allege they were seriously burned at work, not given first aid", Erica Pearson, March 17, 2015