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Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus At McDonald's In Crenshaw, Prompting Strike For Quarantine Pay, Healthcare

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — McDonald's workers in the Crenshaw district went on strike Sunday and Monday after a coworker tested positive for coronavirus.

The restaurant was open for drive-thru and delivery, but workers in their cars crowded the parking lot of the McDonald's on Crenshaw Boulevard, honking and carrying signs that said, "Our Health Is Just As Essential" and "Virus Not Vacation Pay. Pay Us Now 4 Isolation."

Workers are demanding more protection, a two-week quarantine period with full pay, and healthcare coverage for any worker or immediate family members who get sick from the virus. They announced Monday morning they had filed a complaint with Cal-OSHA, citing an "imminent danger'" due to a lack of equipment and cleaning supplies, and an inability to adhere to social distancing guidelines in cramped kitchens.

The location has been sanitized, according to McDonald's. The company also says the infected employee and other workers who need to quarantine will be paid, gloves will be available at restaurants and wellness checks will be conducted before each shift.

Even with restaurants forced to shut their dine-in operations, restaurant workers are considered essential under California's stay at home order.

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