May 21 (Bloomberg) — McDonald's Corp. told its corporate headquarters employees to stay home today as restaurant workers plan a protest of the fast-food chain.

McDonald's has been in contact with local law enforcement in Oak Brook, Illinois, and is encouraging employees to work from home because of traffic concerns, spokeswoman Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem said.

"We've adjusted work schedules for our employees and access to our facilities to assist the Oak Brook Police Department and address the protests and the related traffic congestion," she said in an e-mail.

About 2,000 protesters, including about 325 McDonald's workers, were planning to picket the headquarters at 2111 McDonald's Drive in Oak Brook, calling for higher wages. The location of the protests is now shifting to Jorie Boulevard and Kroc Drive, the entrance to the McDonald's campus that houses Hamburger University and a Hyatt Lodge, also in Oak Brook.

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