Belmont safety shoe company McDonald’s has been the target of several complaints by workers who say they were forced to wear them for long hours at times.
The company said in a statement it was taking steps to ensure its workers were treated with respect and that the company had been in contact with some of the affected workers.
McDonald’s, which employs more than 10,000 people at more than 8,000 locations worldwide, said the safety issue had been resolved and the company would be providing employees with new safety gear and equipment.
The statement from Mcdonald’s came after workers from several workplaces at Belmont said they had to wear safety shoes when they worked on the job for a week.
“McDonalds is committed to working with its employees and we are working to ensure these safety issues are resolved and our safety team is in place to ensure the safety of our employees and customers,” the company said.
The McDonald’s statement came hours after the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) called on McDonald’s to change its safety standards, citing “significant safety concerns” with safety shoes.
The UFCW is calling on the company to ensure workers are treated with the same respect and safety as other employees, such as by wearing safety footwear.
McD’s has faced multiple safety concerns over safety standards and workplace safety.
In 2014, the company was ordered to provide workers with safety helmets in response to safety concerns raised by workers and consumers over a safety hazard in its fast-food restaurant chain.
In December, McDonald’s announced it would phase out all its disposable safety shoes after a group of workers sued the company for negligence.
McKesson said it was reviewing its safety footwear inventory following the McDonald’s safety incident.