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Statements from Jamba Juice and McDonald's

NOW on PBS contacted Jamba Juice for an interview for our program on teen sexual harassment. They declined our request, but sent the following response.

February 17, 2009

While it is the general policy of the company not to comment on specific legal matters, we did want PBS viewers to know that as soon as the August 2006 incident involving former Seattle area store employee Ali Tomlin was reported to us, we conducted an immediate investigation that promptly led to the firing of the general manager who was the subject of the allegations.

The type of behavior experienced by Ms. Tomlin is never tolerated. Concurrent to firing the general manager for his actions, we offered Ms. Tomlin to return to work which she did not accept.

We believe the incident involving Ms. Tomlin does not reflect the culture of our workplace and is not indicative of any pattern of sexual harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission unilaterally dismissed its separate lawsuit brought in connection with this incident.

Jamba Juice employs more than 9,000 people in over 500 company-owned and operated Jamba Juice stores throughout the country. Jamba Juice has stringent policies against sexual harassment and provides a safe, positive and professional work environment for all of its employees. Jamba Juice also conducts sexual harassment training and maintains a hotline for store employees to call on an anonymous basis in the event they believe any harassment incident has occurred.

NOW contacted the McDonald's franchise in Durango, Colorado, as well as McDonald's Corporation, for interviews. Both declined, but the franchise sent the following statement. McDonald's Corporation later told NOW in an email, "we stand by our franchisee's statement."

McDonald's—Durango, Colorado
February 9, 2009

As a member of the Durango community for the past 30 years, nothing is more important to me than the safety and well-being of my employees and customers.

While we believe that it would be inappropriate to discuss the details of this matter publicly, we can say that we took this matter very seriously when we learned about it.

We work diligently to provide a safe, respectful and positive work environment for all our employees. We maintain a strict policy prohibiting any form of discrimination or harassment in our restaurants, which, among other things, allows employees to make complaints and for management to conduct investigations and take action when appropriate.

We will continue to take all necessary measures, including training, to ensure that employees continue to adhere to this policy.

John Bronson
McDonald's Franchisee

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