McDonald’s settles a racism lawsuit against former Oakland A quarterback and Black franchisee Herb Washington, who owns and operates 14 restaurants.
Washington was formerly the largest Black franchise of the fast food chain in the country – at one point owning 23 McDonald’s restaurants. At the time of filing the lawsuit, Washington owned 14 restaurants.
According to CNBC, under the settlement, Washington will exit the McDonald’s franchise system and dismiss pending lawsuits, and McDonald’s will buy 13 Washington restaurants for $33.5 million.
In a statement, McDonald’s said it was confident in its protection, but the settlement allows the company to move forward.
“The court did not find that the company violated any laws,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “Discrimination has no place at McDonald’s. While we are confident in the strength of our case, this resolution aligns with McDonald’s values and allows us to continue to focus on our commitments to the communities we serve. . “
Washington sued the fast-food chain, alleging that they discriminated against him by forcing him to buy small restaurants in black neighborhoods and forcing him to downsize. his office years later after unfairly classifying his positions.
This year, the burger chain ran into some problems with the Black franchise owners.
Earlier this month, McDonald’s tackled another racism litigation filed in Tennessee by the brothers James and Darrell Byrd, who claimed McDonald’s gave white franchise owners special treatment. McDonald’s bought four restaurants the brothers own for $6.5 million as part of the deal.
Additionally, 77 other black franchise owners who own nearly 300 restaurants are suing the chain, alleging that the company has not granted them the same rights as their white counterparts. Online restaurant business report Owners are looking for $4 million to $5 million per restaurant, which means the final figure could be well over $1 billion.
Despite the lawsuits, McDonald’s has supported Black causes, including in the Black issue movement of the 2020s. Last fall, the fast food chain named Tiffany Boyd as the director of human resources and collaborating with the actress La La Anthony and NASCAR drivers Bubba Wallace offers $500,000 in scholarships and a mentoring program for college students.
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