McDonald’s employees are suing their stores for racial discrimination Manager are told to hire mostly white employees because the store is "Too Dark"
|McDonald’s Employees Fired Because there were |
‘Too Many Black People’ Working There!!!
A group of former McDonald’s employees in Virginia are suing their stores for racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
The 10 plaintiffs--9 African-American and one Hispanic--allege that management fired them because there were “too many Black people”
working there, the lawsuit says.
The former workers say they were wrongfully terminated and replaced by mostly white workers, after being told they “didn’t fit the profile.” Other complaints include women being groped and minorities subjected to racial slurs. The lawsuit also claims that managers referred to one restaurant as "the ghetto store."
|OMG!!!!!!! What have we done now........|
The plaintiffs are arguing that McDonald's itself should be held responsible for the actions inside a franchised store. They say the fast-food giant should have to pay damages because it sets company wide policies and has the power to enforce them.
But in a rare occurrence, the lawsuit is also naming McDonald’s Corporate as a defendant. Typically, worker lawsuits are filed against the franchise that runs the stores, and not the company itself.
"In order to maximize its profit, McDonald's Corporate has control over nearly every aspect of its restaurants' operations," the lawsuit asserts. "Though nominally independent, franchised McDonald's restaurants are predominantly controlled by McDonald's."
The plaintiffs in the suit have received legal assistance from the NAACP and the group Fight for $15, which advocates on behalf of fast-food workers.
In the lawsuit, the workers say they brought their concerns to McDonald's corporate, but that the company "took no actions to remedy" the firings. The workers are now seeking damages from the chain under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or sex.
"McDonald’s has a long-standing history of embracing the diversity of employees, independent Franchisees, customers and suppliers, and discrimination is completely inconsistent with our values," the company's statement continued.
"McDonald’s and our independent owner-operators share a commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all people who work in McDonald’s restaurants.”
“We have not seen the lawsuit, and cannot comment on its allegations, but will review the matter carefully," McDonald's said in a statement.