MCD Northern Cafe, an independently-owned franchise restaurant of the McDonald’s Corp., agreed to pay $10,000 to Gladys Rivera, a former cashier who claims that she was subjected to sexual harassment by a co-worker and was subsequently fired in retaliation for complaining about the harassment. MCD Northern Cafe will also pay $5,000 to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.
According to the New Jersey Newsroom:
Rivera alleged that a co-worker, Edwin Andujar of Newark, invited her to get together in private and “see how much of a man I am.” She charged that both a supervisor, Maribel Arango, and Steven Samuel, MCD Northern Café director of operations, heard the comment.
In another incident, Rivera alleged, the same co-worker slapped her on the backside and opined that Rivera “looks good.” Rivera also alleged that she complained to MCD Northern manager Steven Najer about being sexually harassed, but that he failed to take corrective action.