More than 50 Black former franchisees are suing McDonald’s for more than $1 billion in damages for racial discrimination.
In the lawsuit filed this week in Illinois court, the plaintiffs claim the company knowingly discriminated against them, adding that they were “misled and denied equal opportunity to economic success” and that McDonald’s led them to open restaurants “in locations that were destined to fail,” according to food website Delish.
The former franchisees, who operated stores between 2010 and 2020, said the chain “continued to deny plaintiffs the opportunity to own and operate franchises in more profitable locations, unless these more profitable locations were packaged with low-volume, high-cost locations.”
McDonald’s said in a statement that it only recommends locations and that franchisees ultimately choose which ones they want to purchase.
It’s at least the third racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the company this year, Delish reported, citing CNBC.