McDonald’s employees in 19 cities thus far have filed complaints over a number of workplace hazards, including dangerous grease burns and a lack of protective gear. Some locations even lack gloves for dealing with hot kitchen equipment that cannot be turned off during cleaning.
According to The Associated Press, one employee who was burned at work was instructed by his manager to “put mayonnaise on it, you’ll be good.”
Other complaints included a lack of safety training for dealing with hot fryers and slippery wet floors.
McDonald’s, meanwhile, has thus far treated the complaints with skepticism, with a spokesperson noting, “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.”
Somehow, treating its own employees as “activists” acting against the company doesn’t seem like the best way to address the issue, but it’s up to McDonald’s to figure that out for itself.