PROSTITUTE: McDonald’s Made Me Do It

Saturday : March 31, 2012  <>  Posted by Frank, 6:21 am e     <>  Print Version

Woman seeks lost wages, special damages, compensatory damages, and punitive damages for sex trafficking, negligent retention and supervision of franchisees, and racketeering, among other claims.

Courthouse News:

LOS ANGELES (CN) – A woman claims in a Federal Court complaint that her ex-husband met her after she was hired to work at McDonald’s and later pushed her into prostitution in Nevada. She blames McDonald’s USA in part for the events.

Shelley Lynn sued her ex-husband, Keith Handley, his company Ivernia, and McDonald’s USA, in Federal Court.

Lynn claims she was “economically and psychologically” coerced into prostitution by Handley, whose company Ivernia owns or owned McDonald’s franchises. The events she describes took place roughly two decades ago.

According to the complaint, Handley hired Lynn to work as a counter person at a McDonald’s in 1982 in Arroyo Grande, Calif., and they began dating in December 1985.

Included in the allegations against McDonald’s, she has the ubiquitous fast food franchise works to keep unions out, offers an inferior health care plan and no pension benefits. Most employees, she says, are paid minimum wages, as was Lynn. And, she says in her complaint, “There is no affirmative action to encourage women employees and other women to purchase franchises.”

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