In September, a report was made about more than 50 former franchise owners of filed a case against the fast-food chain for racial discrimination, arguing that it refused them the same opportunities as white operators and forced them out of the system.
The 52 Black defendants argue that McDonald’s violated and breached their contracts under federal anti-discrimination law. Between 2010 and 2020, they managed over 200 restaurants and abandoned the franchise.
However, just this Friday, McDonald’s asked a judge to dismiss the former franchisees’ complaint about racial discrimination, claiming that it wants every operator to succeed under its scheme.
The filing comes almost two months after the corporation was sued by fifty-two Black ex-franchisees, alleging that they were forced to close or sell more than 200 McDonald’s due to institutional and tacit racial discrimination stores.
Attorneys assert that franchisees could not plausibly say that McDonald’s deliberately discriminated against black franchisees or that the business committed fraud by concealing knowledge that it had a responsibility to reveal. Furthermore, McDonald’s argues that the claims of franchisees fall beyond the limitations statutes.
The case this year alleging racial discrimination is at least the fourth brought against McDonald’s. The issue is considered the fourth one filed just this year. Two separate lawsuits were also obtained by restaurant employees in Illinois and Florida, alleging discrimination and intimidation tied to their race.
In January, two of McDonald’s senior executives filed a lawsuit claiming to have experienced racial discrimination. The case concerns allegations that African-American leadership was fired, and the chain forced out black franchisees.
The complainants filed their complaint in September, arguing that the company refused them the same opportunities as white operators. McDonald’s asks a judge to dismiss a complaint brought by the 52 former franchisees over racial discrimination and stated that it wants every operator to flourish.