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A McDonald's Corp (MCD.N) franchise in Oakland, California, has agreed to take steps to protect workers from COVID-19 to settle a 2020 lawsuit claiming managers gave employees dog diapers and coffee filters to use as face masks.
The franchise said in the settlement announced on Thursday that it would provide employees with paid sick leave, masks and gloves, maintain social distancing, regularly disinfect surfaces and require workers with COVID-19 symptoms to stay home.
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The franchise will also establish a worker safety committee, requiring the owner and managers to meet monthly with employees to discuss ways to maintain a safe workplace.
Fight for $15 and a Union, a labor organizing group that is involved in the lawsuit, said the safety committee was the first of its kind and would create a national model for giving more leverage to workers.
The company denied wrongdoing, and it was not clear if the settlement included a financial component.
The settlement comes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. read more An increasing number of companies are requiring workers to be vaccinated, or considering doing so, in response to the increase.
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