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JENNA RIES, et al., v. McDONALD'S USA, LLC, et al.

Mason McDonald's Sexual Harassment Class Action Settlement

Case No. 1:20-CV-00002-HYJ-RSK (W.D. Mich.)

If You Were a Woman Who Worked in a Position Below the Level of Assistant Manager at the McDonald’s Restaurant Located At 730 North Cedar Street In Mason, Michigan Since November 12, 2016, a Proposed Class Action Settlement May Affect Your Rights.

You May Be Entitled to Monetary Compensation. You must file a Claim Form by July 2, 2022 to receive money from the Settlement. You must take action by July 2, 2022 to preserve your legal rights.

Notice was mailed on May 3, 2022 to Class Members because there is a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by Jenna Ries, Katlyn Barber, Emily Anibal, and Joanne Bishop (“Plaintiffs”) against McDonald’s USA, LLC, McDonald’s Corporation, MLMLM Corporation and MAAKS, Inc. (“Defendants”). The lawsuit is called Jenna Ries, et al., v. McDonald’s USA, LLC, et al., No. 1:20-CV-00002-HYJ-RSK (W.D. Mich.), and is pending before Judge Hala Y. Jarbou, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

In the lawsuit Plaintiffs brought sexual harassment claims on behalf of all women who worked in a position below the level of Assistant Manager at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 730 North Cedar Street in Mason, Michigan during at least one shift with Shawn Banks (“Banks”) since November 12, 2016 (the “Class”). The lawsuit alleges that Shift Manager Banks sexually harassed Plaintiffs and other female workers at the 730 North Cedar Street McDonald’s restaurant in Mason, Michigan, and created a hostile work environment.

The Defendants have denied and continue to deny all of Plaintiffs’ allegations in the lawsuit.

Rather than continue to litigate this lawsuit, Plaintiffs and Defendants MLMLM and MAAKS (the “Settling Defendants”) have reached a proposed settlement. The monetary value of the settlement is $1.5 million dollars. Under the terms of the settlement, all Settlement Class members who file a timely Claim Form will receive a payment in an amount to be determined on a proportional basis that depends on the number of shifts they worked with Banks and the sexual harassment they experienced.

The Court dismissed Plaintiffs’ claims against McDonald’s USA and McDonald’s Corporation. The Court has not decided on the merits of Plaintiffs’ claims against the Settling Defendants, or Settling Defendants’ defenses.

The Court has preliminarily approved the settlement. However, settlement payments cannot be distributed until after the Court grants final approval of the settlement and after any possible appeals are resolved.

Your legal rights are affected by the Court’s decision to certify a class, and you have various choices to make now. You must act before July 2, 2022 or you will lose your right to receive a payment as part of the settlement. Please read the following pages carefully, including the Summary of Your Rights and Choices and the Settlement Benefits and My Options sections, which are below.

Summary of Your Rights and Choices

Your Legal Rights Are Affected Even If You Do Not Act. Read This Notice Carefully.

Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Information

Settlement Benefits and My Options

Remaining in the Class

Excluding Yourself From the Settlement Class

The Lawyers Representing You

The Court's Final Approval Hearing

Getting More Information

Please do not contact the court regarding the contents of this notice.

Claim Form Instructions

RIES, et al. v. MCDONALD’S, et al.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CASE NUMBER 20-CV-0002-HYJ-RSK

Some of the parties to the class action lawsuit, Ries, et al. v. McDonald’s et al., have reached a class action settlement of $1.5 million on behalf of all women who worked in a position below the level of Assistant Manager at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 730 North Cedar Street in Mason, Michigan during at least one shift with Shawn Banks since November 12, 2016 (the “Class”).

Based on the McDonald’s restaurant’s records, you are a member of the Class, and are entitled to payment from the settlement, but only if you fill out, sign, date, and submit return this Claim Form by July 2, 2022.

If you want to receive your share of money from this class action settlement, you must complete and return this Claim Form by July 2, 2022.

General Instructions

  1. Purpose of this Claim Form. The Settlement Administrator will use the responses on this Claim Form to help determine the amount of money you should receive from the class action settlement. If you fill out, sign, date and return this Claim Form by July 2, 2022, you will receive a payment from the settlement fund. The amount of money that you will receive is based, in part, on the number of shifts that you worked with Shawn Banks at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 730 North Cedar Street in Mason since November 12, 2016, as determined by records maintained by Settling Defendants, MLMLM and MAAKS. Your responses on the Claim Form will also help to determine the amount of money that you will receive.
  2. Your answers on the Claim Form will be confidential. All of your responses on this Claim Form will be kept confidential. The Claim Form will be viewed only by four people: (a) the Court-appointed Settlement Administrator; (b) your lawyers (“Class Counsel,” Gillian Thomas and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, Eve Cervantez and Altshuler Berzon LLP, and Darcie Brault and McKnight Canzano Smith Radtke & Brault P.C.); (c) the Settling Defendants, MLMLM and MAAKS, and their lawyers (Tom Ludden and Angela Jackson); and (d) possibly, the judge. MLMLM, MAAKS, and their lawyers may review personnel files or other records to validate information in this Claim Form. The goal of all of these individuals’ review of the Claim Form is to ensure that all Settlement Class members are paid fairly.
  3. Your answers must be truthful. You must sign and date the Claim Form and swear that your responses are truthful under penalty of perjury. Your responses may be verified by examination of your employment records and your prior sworn testimony and/or declaration, if any.
  4. You may need to provide additional information. The Settlement Administrator may contact you to obtain additional information, and you will need to respond and provide that additional information, if requested.
  5. How and when to submit this form. To be eligible to receive money from the Settlement Fund, you must fill out this Claim Form truthfully under penalty of perjury, date and sign it, and submit it, on or before July 2, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
  6. If you have questions. If you have questions about the Notice or this Claim Form, or if you need help filling out the Claim Form or submitting the Claim Form, please contact Class Counsel at [number and email]. One of Class Counsel’s jobs is to answer your questions and help you fill out the Claim form. Please do not call the judge, the Clerk of Court, McDonald’s, MLMLM/MAAKS, or lawyers for MLMLM/MAAKS or McDonald’s.
  7. If you move or change contact information. If you move or change your physical address, email address, and/or phone number after you have submitted the Claim Form, please contact the Settlement Administrator at (833) 967-3924 or claims@ssiclaims.com. You may also change your address here. If you move or change your contact information and do not tell the Settlement Administrator about the change, you may not receive your money from the settlement fund.

Claim Form

To submit a Claim Form, you must enter your unique code, which is the first three letters of your last name (ALL CAPS) and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. For example, if your name is Jane Doe and the last four digits of your SSN are 1234, your unique code would be DOE1234. If you have trouble entering your unique code, you may call us at (833) 967-3924.

Change of Address

If you change your address or phone number, please submit a Change of Address Form or contact the Settlement Administrator at:

Ries v. McDonald’s Settlement Administrator
c/o Settlement Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 10269
Tallahassee, FL 32302-2269
(833) 967-3924

Note: This is not a claim form. Submitting this form will only change the address that the Settlement Administrator has on file for you. If you wish to receive your share of money from this class action settlement, you must complete and return a Claim Form by July 2, 2022.

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Contact

You may contact Class Counsel via email at masonclassaction@altber.com or by telephone at (888) 843-7043.

If you would like additional information or have any non-legal questions, please contact the Ries v. McDonald’s Claims Administrator:

Ries v. McDonald’s Claims Administrator
P.O Box 10269
Tallahassee, FL 32302-2269
claims@ssiclaims.com
(833) 594-2013