Kcharlee Hughes couldn’t get out of the way when a man running from an alleged gunman barged into the McDonald’s restaurant where she works last summer and tried to hide in the kitchen. The man pushed her into an empty fryer just two feet away from hot grease, twisting her knees in the process, Hughes said in a Cal-OSHA complaint she filed after the incident. Chaos continued in the South Natomas restaurant that August day, she remembered. The man ended up staying in the back of the restaurant for a few minutes. He yelled at customers as he left and recorded them on his cellphone. “What happened is such a blur,” Hughes, 51, said in her Cal-OSHA complaint. “I realized I was bruised all the way down from my shoulder to my knee.” That incident reflects persistent dangers to fast-food employees who work in easily accessible venues that often lack security, labor advocates argue in a new report released Tuesday.
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