As mentioned in The Huffington Post, La’Ray Reed worked at the franchise full-time between April and August 2015. La’Ray says she was referred to as a “boy-slash-girl” and relegated to using an unused bathroom that had been serving as a storage closet because she is transgender. She also claims her genitals were groped.
“I am transgender, but I have never dealt with anything like that, especially in the work field,” Reed said in a video released Thursday by the workers’ rights group Fight for $15, which is locked in a legal battle with McDonald’s to improve employee pay and conditions. She added that her hours were slashed, and she was eventually fired, after speaking to a manager about the abuse. “They actually took me off the schedule,” she said in the video clip. “So with that being said, it was even more stressful, even more depressing.”