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McDonald's Litigation

Despite selling itself as a friend of the Black community, our latest lawsuit alleges McDonald’s has been intentionally setting Black franchisees up for failure. We started this case when 52 different Black former franchisees came to us with stories of corporate mistreatment. We know discrimination amid Black franchise operators was pervasive and that there are more who faced the same economic injustice. Our allegations against McDonald’s include:

  • Giving Black franchisees less favorable locations with low-volume sales and higher operating costs
  • Misleading Black franchisees with false projections
  • Denying financial assistance and growth opportunities to Black franchisees
  • Consistently grading Black-owned franchises more harshly than White-owned franchises

Did you experience these, or similar, acts of illegal discrimination while trying to start or operate a McDonald’s franchise? If so, we want to hear your story. You might be eligible to join our case, where we are asking the company to compensate its Black entrepreneurs for the chances they didn’t receive. Reach out to us any time at (888) 554-2030 to speak with one of our lawyers about this case.

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Lawsuit Media Coverage

Wall Street Journal

McDonald’s Sued by Black Ex-Franchise Owners for Racial Discrimination

USA Today

More than 50 former Black franchisees allege racial discrimination practices against McDonald’s in new federal case

CBS News

Black former franchisees sue McDonald’s seeking $1 billion

Bloomberg News

McDonald’s Faces Discrimination Suit by Black Franchisees

NBC / CNBC

52 former franchisees sue McDonald’s for racial discrimination

Fortune

52 Black former franchisees sue McDonald’s, alleging discrimination

CNN

Dozens of Black former franchisees sue McDonald’s over alleged discrimination
Additional coverage:

Business Insider

52 Black former franchisees file discrimination lawsuit

The Financial Times

McDonald’s accused of discriminating against black franchisees

NPR

52 Black Former Franchisees Sue McDonald’s Alleging Discrimination (audio and print stories)
Additional pickup

The Washington Post

52 former franchisees accuse McDonald’s of racial discrimination in lawsuit

The long history behind allegations of racial discrimination against McDonald’s

Complex

52 Black Former Franchisee Owners File Discrimination Lawsuit Against McDonald’s

Law360

Black McDonald’s Franchisees Claim Systemic Racial Bias

Yahoo! News

Black Former McDonald’s Franchisees Say They Were Set Up to Fail

BET

Black Former Franchisees Sue McDonald’s

ABC News

Dozens of Black former franchisees sue McDonald’s, alleging racial discrimination

The Sun (UK)

McDonald’s Race Suit: Black McDonald’s franchisee's sue firm over “systemic racism” claiming they were forced into “financial suicide missions”

The Hill

52 Black former-franchisees file racial discrimination lawsuit against McDonald’s

New York Post

McDonald’s accused of sending black franchisees on “financial suicide missions”

Forbes

Black Ex-Franchisees File Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against McDonald’s

McDonald’s Faces $1 Billion Discrimination Lawsuit from Dozens of Black Ex-Franchise Owners

Reuters

McDonald’s discriminates against Black franchisees, lawsuit claims
Additional pickup from Reuters:

  • US News and World Report
  • Business Today
  • CBC News (Canada)
  • One America News
  • AOL.com
  • The New York Times
  • Fox Business
  • The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Courthouse News Service

McDonald’s Accused of Bias Against Black Franchisees

The Raw Story

Black franchisees sue McDonald’s for discrimination

ABC News

Dozens of Black former franchisees sue McDonald’s, alleging racial discrimination (print and video)

Houston Business Journal

Former Houston McDonald’s franchise owners part of lawsuit alleging racial discrimination

The Root

52 Former Black Franchisee Owners File Lawsuit Against McDonald’s, Alleging Racial Discrimination

The street.com

McDonald’s Faces Lawsuit from 50 Former Black Franchisees (video and print stories)

Associated Press

Over 50 Black former franchisees sue McDonald’s for discrimination
Wire service pickup includes:

  • Chicago Tribune
  • WBEZ Chicago
  • Boston Globe
  • MassLive.com
  • The New York Times
  • Los Angeles Daily News
  • The Times Union (Albany, NY)
  • Los Angeles Times
  • ABC 7 Denver
  • WFTV Orlando
  • Orange County Register
  • The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
  • Texarkana Gazette (Arkansas)
  • Fox 5 Atlanta
  • The Lima News (Ohio)
  • MarketWatch
  • Daily Mail (UK)

Food & Wine

More than 50 former McDonald’s Franchisees sue for racial discrimination

Japan Today

Black franchisees sue McDonald’s for discrimination

New York Daily News

McDonald’s steered Black franchisees to crime-ridden neighborhoods with lower sales, higher costs: lawsuit

MSN

McDonald’s is being sued for redlining Black franchisees

The Miami Herald

Miami firm files $1 billion bias suit against McDonald’s on behalf of former Black franchisee

McClatchy: Raleigh News Observer, Charlotte Observer, Miami Herald, The News Tribune (Tacoma)

McDonald’s steers Black franchisee owners into locations doomed to fail, lawsuit says

International Business Times

Suit by Black, Former Franchisees Alleges Racial Discrimination by McDonald’s

Crain’s Detroit

Black former franchisees in metro Detroit file discrimination lawsuit against McDonald’s

Houston Chronicle

McDonald’s facing $1 billion discrimination lawsuit from more than 50 former Black Franchisees

Spanish Media

Noticias Telemundo

Wire service pickup from The Associated Press, CNBC and Business insider
McDonald’s se enfrenta a una demanda millonaria por racismo

20minutos (Spain)

Wire service pickup from The Associated Press
Exinversionistas acusan a McDonald™s por discriminación

Vanguardia (Mexico)

Wire service pickup from The Associated Press
Demandan a McDonald’s por discriminación racial entre dueños

Tribuna de la Bahia (Noticias en Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Wire service pickup from Agencia AFP
Exfranquiciados de McDonald's demandan al grupo por racismo

Periodico Expresso (Hermosillo y Sonora, Mexico)

Ex franquiciatarios negros demandan a McDonald’s por racismo

Pulzo (Colombia)

McDonald's es acusado de discriminación racial por expropietarios de sus franquicias

YouTube/Podcast

#RolandMartinUnfiltered Daily Digital Show

McDonald’s sued by Black ex-franchisees (Streamed live on Sept. 1, 2020).
Plaintiff Van Jakes interviewed. Watch here.

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