The protests are part of a broadening of the #MeToo campaign - mostly aimed at high-profile targets in entertainment, media and politics - into the realm of low-wage, blue-collar work, where employees without wealth or influence can be particularly vulnerable.
The one-day strikes took place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, St. Louis, Kansas City, Durham, Milwaukee and New Orleans.
A colleague she occasionally gave lifts to started touching her inappropriately at work, grabbing her breasts and backside and asking her to touch his penis.
Those organizing this strike, as they called it, say this is the first-time women have walked off the job to protest sexual harassment since 1912, when garment workers nationwide did the same thing.
In an unprecedented move, fast food workers in a number of cities across the United States went on strike Tuesday to protest sexual harassment.
Plans for the walkout - to start at lunchtime on September 18 - have been approved in recent days by "women's committees" formed by employees at dozens of McDonald's restaurants across the U.S. Lead organizers include several women who filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in May alleging pervasive harassment at some of McDonald's franchise restaurants. "After that he would ignore me on the job and yell at me in front of my co-workers". "I can't tell her to stand up for herself if I'm not willing to stand up for myself".
"For context, a "walk off" is when an employee clocks in for a shift and then during that shift chooses to walk out/off", she said in an email.
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The Fight for $15, a national movement seeking to increase the minimum wage, has been pressurising the chain to increase wages and improve working conditions.
Fight for $15 officials, however, said McDonald's is not doing enough. By November five other union officials affiliated with the fast-food protest movement had been forced out.
Tuesday's strike comes four months after the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund filed 10 sexual harassment charges with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of women employed at McDonald's restaurants around the country.
"We are committed to cultivating a work environment that is reflective of our values, and we will not tolerate mistreatment of anyone", Lonardo said.
But the legacy of abuse continues, workers say.
As the #MeToo movement has spread, other blue-collar workers have stepped forward with their own stories.
Harrell told The Guardian that she complained to her two store managers, but they didn't take her accusations seriously.