Everyone has a fine line over what they consider disrespectful, especially over a text message. After a recent mishap involving McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski, people are reconsidering what’s appropriate. If you’ve received an inappropriate text from a co-worker or c-suite executive, you might be able to file a claim against them for invoking a hostile work environment. It might be categorized as harassment or discriminatory depending on what was said.
McDonald’s CEO Makes Comments Regarding Chicago Shooting Deaths
This year, texts were made public by activists between Kempczinski and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, according to CNBC. It had been right after Lightfoot’s visit to the McDonald’s headquarters in April. The CEO made comments about the fatal shootout at one of the franchises in Chicago. In response to the tragedy, he said, “the parents failed those kids.”
It wasn’t until the texts were revealed that the CEO issued a public comment and addressed his mistake with employees. In a statement published on CNBC, he said: “Not taking the time to think about this from their viewpoint was wrong and lacked the empathy and compassion I feel for these families. This is a lesson that I will carry with me.”
Depending on the nature of the conversation, it might look discriminatory in the eyes of his staff. Organizations including Color for Change were among many that criticized and stood up to Kempczinski. McDonald’s has been in the spotlight for cases of racial discrimination in the past months. They are currently facing several legal battles involving other former executives and franchisees.
What Should You Do When Your Boss Sends an Inappropriate Text?
Inappropriate messages are considered a form of workplace harassment. Employers are responsible for ensuring that the workplace is free from this risk. Whether you were on the receiving end of the text message, any misconduct should not go unreported. If you fear retaliation from an employer, you can always reach out to a restaurant worker rights lawyer from Mann & Elias. Our employment attorney will investigate your allegations to hold the parties involved accountable.