Legal news reports that a group of former McDonald’s workers have filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the fast food giant. The 10 plaintiffs have alleged that they were subjected to racial discrimination and sexual harassment at the hands of managers at a Virginia franchise. The have named McDonald’s Corporate as a defendant as well, asserting that McDonald’s should pay damages because it has the power to set and enforce company policies. Even though the franchise operates as “nominally independent” in reality the restaurants are predominantly controlled by the McDonald's Corporation, the lawsuit asserts.
Some of the allegations include complaints that the plaintiffs, nine of whom are African American and one who is Hispanic, were wrongfully fired last year and replaced with mostly white workers because their managers believed there had been "too many black people [working] in the store." The lawsuit further alleges that women were harassed and groped and that minorities were subjected to racist taunts. It also claims that managers referred to one restaurant as "the ghetto store."