‘Sexist and Racist’ McDonald’s Franchise Sued for Harassment
Former employees of a McDonald’s franchise located in Virginia have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the fast food restaurant for sexual and racial harassment, as well as wrongful termination. The lawsuit sites complaints from management that there were too many African-Americans working in the store. African-American and Hispanic workers were allegedly subjected to racial slurs and expletives. The female workers who sued also claimed that their white managers would touch them inappropriately or send explicit photos and solicit sexual relations. Of the 10 former employees that sued, nine are African-American, and one was Hispanic, while seven are women and three are men.
In addition, according to ThinkProgress, the former employees claimed that the franchise was trying to implement a plan to reduce the number of minority workers, and add on more white workers. After complaining about the harassment, nine of the plaintiffs were let go because they allegedly “didn’t fit the profile” of the franchise. The plaintiffs said that they contacted corporate but did not receive a response.
The lawsuit is being supported by the NAACP and the Fight for $15 movement, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“We have not seen the lawsuit, and cannot comment on its allegations, but will review the matter carefully. 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. 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," a McDonald's representative said in response to a request for comment.