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Alyssa Milano Calls Out Wendy's Over Controversy Surrounding Women Farmworkers

Alyssa Milano Calls Out Wendy's Over Controversy Surrounding Women Farmworkers
Updated 2 months ago

Women from all industries have taken a stand for feminism, participating in movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo. One of those women is actress and activist Alyssa Milano. Recently, Milano is defending female farm workers who claim to have had to "work without pay, trapped for months at a time in scorpion-infested camps, often without beds, fed on scraps, and beaten when they tried to quit," along with abuse in the fields.

Milano said:

These women are the #MeToo movement, which is a grassroots movement of women from all corners of society exposing the painfully common experience of sexual harassment, misconduct and assault.

Now Milano is spearheading a boycott after a fast food chain decided not to take part in a program that would aid these female farm workers. Wendy's declined to participate in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Program, a partnership between farmers, farm workers, and food companies that would put in place decent wages and working conditions for farmworkers.

Milano said about the program and the women behind it:

These incredible women, who come from one of the harshest working environments in the U.S. and who put food on our tables, are a shining example in the fight to protect the dignity and safety of all women.

The program would also allow farm workers to take regular breaks and go on vacation without facing the possibility of being fired. It would protect women who face sexual abuse and harassment in agriculture. 

Despite McDonald's, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and Walmart agreeing to participate in the program, Wendy's has refused. Once the program was put in place in Florida, the chain stopped purchasing tomatoes there, and decided to purchase them from Mexico instead. There, apparently the farmworkers "continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections."

Milano took to social media to share her disgust for the fast food giant:

Some people appeared to be on board with the actress:

But not everyone responded with kind words:

Some even said they'd start eating there to spite Milano:

Wendy's has also responded, claiming that these are false allegations and their tomatoes are ethically sourced:

At Wendy’s, we have long upheld high standards of quality, and a strong commitment to human dignity throughout our business and our supply chain; we have no tolerance for anything less. All of our suppliers are bound to a strict Code of Conduct that requires ethical practices, and certain fresh produce suppliers, including all tomato suppliers, undergo third-party certified human rights assessments.

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