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Black Franchise Owner Files Discrimination Suit Against McDonald's

Herbert Washington alleges McDonald's corporate gives White franchise owners better treatment and better opportunities.
Posted at 4:08 PM, Feb 17, 2021

A man who owns more than a dozen McDonald's restaurants in Ohio is suing the company for discrimination.

Herbert Washington says McDonald's has denied him the chance to buy more restaurants in more affluent communities. And he says White franchise owners are getting better treatment.

The lawsuit claims back in 1998 there were 377 Black franchise owners. Today that number is down to 186, yet the number of McDonald's stores has more than doubled.

"White owner-operators have higher volume restaurants than Blacks. They are given opportunities for the higher-volume restaurants," said Washington. "As an example, I have a restaurant I have to have security in, OK? My counterpart has a restaurant on the other side of town that does not have to have security in it."

Washington is not the first to file a lawsuit of this kind. More than 50 former Black McDonald's franchise owners filed similar complaints back in September.