February 23, 2009 by esarsea
In August of 2008, McDonalds employee Nigel Haskett was at work at an Arkansas McDonalds when he witnessed a man hitting a woman in the face inside the restaurant. Nigel Haskett rushed to the woman’s defense, and physically removed the man from the premises. Nigel then stood guard at the door to prevent the man from re-entering the restaurant to protect the woman and other patrons.
The suspect then went to his car, retreived a gun, and shot Nigel Haskett multiple times. Nigel was lucky to survive, but he did – after several surgeries, a month in the hospital, and some $300,000 in medical bills. Comes now the news that McDonalds has denied Nigel Haskett’s request for coverage under Labor and Industries workers compensation. McDonalds claims that Nigel Haskett’s injuries resulted from activities which were outside the scope of his duties and employment.
There is a youtube clip of a TV news broadcast about the incident here, which includes security camera footage of the actual event.
On one hand I understand McDonald’s position. It is company policy that in the event of any incident such as this, an employee is to call 911 and let the authorities handle it. A policy such as this is in the best interests of employee safety. Your typical fast-food worker is not trained to handle these types of situations. McDonalds further cannot condone vigilante actions taken by their employees. To do so would expose McDonalds to tremendous liabilities.
HOWEVER, McDonalds needs to stand behind Nigel Haskett. The only way I can support McDonalds position in regards to denying worker’s compensation benefits is if they intend to pay for Nigel’s medical bills themselves. Until I learn that McDonalds has done right by Nigel Haskett, I’ll not purchase another french fry from them. There are many other fast food options available to me when I’m in the mood to eat irresponsibly.
If you agree with me, let McDonalds know…and share this information with your friends and family. Ask them to write to McDonalds, and to join our grass-roots campaign by taking a stand against McDonalds.
America needs more Nigel Hasketts!