McDonald's workers active in the "Fight for $15" minimum wage protests said Wednesday they will walk off the job during the lunch shift in 10 cities on Sept. 18 in a #MeToo action demanding that the fast-food chain and franchisees protect women from sexual harassment in the workplace.

Members of local Fight for $15 Women's Committees on Tuesday evening approved the #MeToo action in a nationwide strike vote, agreeing to walk off the job during the lunch rush in McDonald's restaurants in Chicago; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando, Florida; San Francisco; and St. Louis.

Steven W. Suflas, a partner at Ballard Spahr who represents management in labor and employment matters, characterized the #MeToo walkout's goal as "a very aspirational demand." The strike is another step in the broader union-led battle against franchisees and franchisors and for minimum wage service workers, he added.

"The interesting question, of course, will be what kind of support they get," Suflas said.

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