McDonald's Attorney Blames 'Employee Mistakes' In Strip Search

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The attorney for fast food giant McDonald's Corporation has blamed employee mistakes for a sexual assault on an 18-year-old worker in April 2004 at the chain's restaurant in Mount Washington. The location is about 20 miles south of Louisville.

W. R. Patterson said in opening remarks today in a civil trial that McDonald's had policies in place and warned employees in an effort to deal with a series of strip search hoaxes across the country.

Louise Ogborn has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming it failed to warn her and other employees about a hoax caller who had already struck other McDonald's stores and other fast-food restaurants nation-wide. She's seeking more than $200 million.

Patterson said the assistant manager of the restaurant and her boyfriend should have never followed the demands of a caller claiming to be a police officer when they strip searched and sexually assaulted Ogborn.

Ogborn's attorney, Ann Oldfather, told jurors that McDonald's withheld or hid evidence of someone pretending to be a police officer calling a restaurant and walking employees through a strip search and sexual abuse of female employees.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Private Shaver Location: Nicklessville on Sep 15, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    Lighten up there sarge, the war's over, they got spare parts for your head now
  • by sgt howard Location: ky on Sep 13, 2007 at 11:58 AM
    i guess it dont take much commen sense to make manager for mcdonalds. a 10 year old would have known better then to take instructions over the phone and not be curious to this. did the girl not think this was out of line? girls in middle school knows you have to have a female officer present to do a search like this, why did she not ask to have the law be present on scene when this happened? idiots i tell you..... she just wants to be McPaid........
  • by Anonymous on Sep 13, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    I am confused, how do you strip search someone over the phone?


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