McDonald’s workers and their supporters in ten major cities protested the company’s lack of action in reducing workplace sexual assault and harassment.

Orlando is one of those ten major cities, and Anna not only attended today’s rally but she was also a speaker. Below is her statement on the issue, and attached is a photo for use:

“A 2016 survey found 40 percent of women in the fast-food industry say they’ve encountered unwanted sexual behavior at work, including suggestive comments and groping. McDonald’s is America’s largest fast-food chain and one of the country’s biggest employers. McDonald’s has an opportunity to be a leader on reducing sexual assault and harassment, and if they take action now, other companies will too.”

Anna’s mom actually once worked at McDonald’s, making these issues even more personal for her. She added:

“We have seen a sudden undeniable shift in how we tolerate sexual harassment, and as we watch some of the most famous names get called out for their abusive behavior — including most recently Judge Brett Kavanaugh– we must not forget the everyday occurrences of harassment that takes place in offices, hotels, farms, restaurants, and college campuses across the nation.”

McDonald’s workers are demanding that the company form a committee made up of workers, representatives from corporate and franchise stores, and leaders of national women’s groups to address sexual harassment.

More About Anna

Anna V. Eskamani is an Orlando native and daughter of immigrants who has worked relentlessly her entire life to protect all members of our community through effective advocacy, bold leadership, and strategic management. A community organizer with a proven track record in building consensus while fighting unapologetically for progressive values, for the last six years Anna served as the Senior Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. She managed a team of six across 22 counties and is known in the legislature and across the nation as an advocate for women’s health and equality. Anna is also a PhD student in Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida and serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Intro to Women’s Studies. Tough, authentic and unafraid, Anna is a progressive who has proven herself as a leader who works hard, delivers results, and gets things done.

Anna has earned the endorsement of over 60 community leaders and organizations, including an early endorsement from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. She was also one of the 48 women featured on the cover of Time magazine. When elected, Anna will be the first Iranian-American to serve in the Florida legislature.