Beginning in June 2020, Boyle Heights McDonald’s workers have waged several weeks-long health and safety strikes, garnering the support of local community groups, clergy and elected officials. Workers’ public complaints outlined how McDonald’s failures included not providing employees with masks, not enforcing social distancing and not providing paid sick leave. At least six workers at this McDonald’s location contracted COVID-19. In February 2021, the California Labor Commissioner issued a citation against the McDonald’s store for illegally firing four workers who went on strike.