Petitioning State Attorney for Baltimore County Scott D. Shellenberger and 9 others

Demand that the employees on duty at McDonald's be held responsible in the beating of a trans woman


After an unidentified transgender woman tried to use the bathroom at a Baltimore McDonald's, two patrons started attacking her in full view of other customers and employees. These employees can be heard on the video shouting words of encouragement to the attackers. It's time we DEMAND that justice be served and that EVERY McDonald's employee involved in this brutal hate crime be held accountable.

The April 18 assault took place at a McDonald’s location in the 6300 block of  Kenwood Avenue in Rosedale, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb, according to the Baltimore County Police Department. A 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile in connection with the assault, charges are still pending against an 18-year-old woman. “The incident remains under investigation and the State’s Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case,” added investigators.

Not surprisingly, McDonald's lacks standard policies for protecting transgender individuals, despite a decent record of workplace discrimination protections for gays and lesbians. And while the company has pledged to “take appropriate action” against all employees involved in this heinous event, just one has been punished.

This is not enough! If McDonald's employees stood by and encouraged this attack, they should be fired. Please sign this petition in hopes that justice can and will prevail for this transgender woman.

Also please contact the Maryland States Attorney's Office --  Violent Crimes Division at 410-887-6610 and express your concerns about this matter.

Letter to
State Attorney for Baltimore County Scott D. Shellenberger
Senior Manager Lisa McComb
Senior Director Lisa Howard
and 7 others
Director, U.S. Communications Danya Proud
Administrative Coordinator Theresa Riley
Supervisor Lizzie Roscoe
Baltimore County Police Department
Supervisor, U.S. Communications Ashlee Yingling
Manager Becca Hary
We, the undersigned, ask that the employees of McDonald's Corporation Franchise Restaurant in Rosedale, Maryland, be held responsible as co-participants in the execution of a hate crime towards a transgender woman. These employees who stood by, shouting words of encouragement and did nothing to help, should be terminated immediately and face criminal prosecution along with the assailants of this individual.

Despite a decent record of workplace discrimination protections for gays and lesbians, McDonald's lacks standard policies for protecting transgender individuals. McDonald's does not include gender identity or gender expression in its anti-discrimination policies, nor do they require employees to go through diversity trainings that cover the subject of gender identity and gender expression.

Please hold accountable both the assailants in this beating and the employees who cheered it on -- and change your policies to make sure that an attack like this never happens again.

Adrian Leigh started this petition with a single signature, and won with 154,280 supporters. Start a petition to change something you care about.