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McDonald’s Accused of Firing Worker Over Strikes for Safety Gear

  • Company denies claim it retaliated over employee walkouts
  • Union’s complaint to NLRB is latest over Covid-19 activism
An employee wearing a protective mask works at the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Los Angeles, California.

An employee wearing a protective mask works at the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Los Angeles, California.

Photographer: Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg

McDonald’s Corp. was accused of firing an employee who led strikes over a lack of critical safety equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, an allegation the chain denies.

The Service Employees International Union said the burger giant illegally retaliated against the worker, Maria Ruiz, because of her workplace activism, according to a complaint it filed Wednesday with the National Labor Relations Board. The union also says Ruiz learned from a co-worker that management “has compiled a blacklist of union supporters” at the restaurant in San Jose, California, who it calls trouble-makers and who it “intends to fire.”