Workers at a New York City McDonald’s say they walked off the job because the store’s air conditioning is broken.
Workers say they became physically sick from the heat after the air-conditioning broke down on Friday morning - a day when the heat index hit 107 degrees at JFK Airport.
It was the hottest day of a brutal heat wave that’s expected to end on Saturday.
Employee Jamne Izquierdo says the conditions were “inhumane and unsafe.”
‘In the middle of a heat wave like this, to be expected to stand in a hot kitchen with no air conditioning is inhumane and unsafe,’ Izquierdo, who has worked in the store for eight years, said in a statement to CBS New York. ‘We are human beings. We’ve told McDonalds before that the air conditioning doesn’t work and that we can’t take the heat but they don’t listen to us. We can’t take it anymore. No one should have to work like this.’
‘The workers were working under inhumane conditions, the temperature was as high as 120 degrees by the ovens,’ state Senator Adriano Espaillat told CBS New York.
City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez sent a letter to management requesting a meeting, 1010WINS Carol D’Auria reported.
McDonald’s spokesman Bruce Colley said the store brought in fans and portable air conditioning units while repairs were being made and also made sure employees took frequent breaks and stayed hydrated.
He says McDonald’s apologises for any discomfort the employees experienced.
“We take the well being of our employees and customers very seriously and apologise for any inconvenience and discomfort they may have experienced,” Colley said. “We are working hard to make sure that this does not happen again.”