MASON, Mich. (WLNS) – A proposed settlement in a class-action lawsuit could lead to a Mason McDonald’s paying out $1.5 million dollars to victims of sexual harassment.
It was filed in court Monday as part of a lawsuit that claims a manager sexually harassed workers for years. Nearly 100 women and teenage girls who worked there may be eligible for up to $10,000 dollars, depending on the extent of harassments faced.
Jenna Ries, a former employee, was the first to file the suit. She began working at the restaurant in 2017, that’s around the time she says the manager would constantly proposition her for sex while at work, call her names in front of other co-workers and grope her.
She says it was a difficult ordeal but as more women stepped forward with their own stories, she felt heard.
“I wasn’t alone in this situation that happened to me specifically and knowing that like I wasn’t the only one that happened to. I mean it wasn’t like good but it was nice to have that more support and someone actually validating what I went through too,” Ries says.
This suit has been in the works since 2019. Just last year, a federal judge allowed for it to become a class-action lawsuit based on significant evidence that other workers were involved.
As for next steps, one of the attorneys says it may take one or two months for the judge to accept the proposed settlement. Ries says that she hopes to see changes with employee and survivor lead training to help workers know what they can do if they face sexual harassment on the job.