McDonald's Sued After Worker, 14, Allegedly Raped by Manager

The family of a 14-year-old girl is suing McDonald's after she said her manager raped and harassed her at one of their restaurants in Pennsylvania.

According to KDKA, attorney Alan Perer filed a suit on Tuesday that alleges Walter A. Garner, 42, raped the girl at a Pittsburgh McDonald's, operated by Rice Enterprises, In February.

He told the broadcaster, McDonald's and Rice Enterprises either knew or should have known that Garner had pleaded guilty to the indecent assault of a 10-year-old girl.

Perer also alleged Rice Enterprises knew of surveillance footage that showed Garner had groped the girl and that other young women had complained he had harassed them.

He told KDKA: "Making comments, making advances, and the response was nothing. They didn't get rid of him. They didn't chastise him. They didn't supervise him."

Garner was apprehended in April after he allegedly showed a minor pornography, according to police affidavits seen by KDKA. The parent of the minor then reported it to someone at her school, who then shared the information with the police.

During their investigation, police learned of the alleged rape against the 14-year-old girl and Garner was charged.

Garner is listed on the Pennsylvania Megan's Law website, which provides the public with information about registered sex offenders.

According to the website, Garner committed an aggravated indecent assault in July 1999 and was convicted in October 2003.

As his conviction happened before November 30, 2006, Pennsylvania law does not require the website to show whether his victim was a minor or not.

The page was last updated on July, 16, 2021, and listed his current status as being incarcerated at Allegheny County Prison.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, Michele Rice of Rice Enterprises said: "The allegations made in the lawsuit are deeply disturbing—my organization has no tolerance for sexual harassment, and we terminated the employee in question as soon as we learned about a complaint against him.

"While all of our employees undergo safe and respectful workplace training upon hire, we've recently expanded our training to be bi-annual, in addition to adding enhanced security measures at our restaurants.

"We have offered our full support to the impacted employee and are fully cooperating with the police investigation into these allegations."

Newsweek has contacted Perer, McDonald's and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for comment.

McDonald's faced 25 worker-filed lawsuits in May 2019, claiming sexual assault while they carried out their duties at the restaurants.

In January 2020, McDonald's manager Andrew Joseph Otero-Albertorio was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl multiple times in Minnesota.

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File photo of the American fast food company, McDonalds logo outside one of its stores on November 13, 2020 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. A McDonald's manager allegedly raped a 14-year-old at a Pennsylvania restaurant. Nathan Stirk/Getty Images