McDonald’s Defeats Bias Lawsuit Filed by Black Franchisees (1)

June 9, 2021, 7:32 PM

McDonald’s Corp. defeated a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against the Black franchise operators of four of its Tennessee restaurants by pushing them to operate in crime-ridden neighborhoods.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled on Tuesday that the suit, filed in October, lacked facts showing McDonald’s misled the franchisees in their contracts and treated White franchisees differently. Leinenweber gave the plaintiffs an option to file an amended complaint that address the inadequacies he pointed out within 30 days.

“The court does not mean to imply that McDonald’s operations over the years have not been tainted by the brush of racism,” ...

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