Chicago, Illinois – Market Watch along with various other platforms are reporting that a group of 52 former McDonald’s owners is suing the company for racial discrimination. The former owners have alleged that the fast-food chain directed them to less profitable locations, and didn’t provide them with the same support and opportunities as White franchisees.
The former owners owned a combined total of 200 locations before forced to sell them in the past decade. The suit was filed in Chicago, the city headquarters of McDonald’s, and the former owners are seeking $4 million to $5 million per location; a total that Forbes is reporting to be up to $1 billion.
“Revenue is determined by one thing and one thing only: location,” said James Ferraro, the Miami-based attorney representing the plaintiffs. “It’s a Big Mac. They’re the same everywhere.”
McDonald’s has since denied the allegations and responded, “These allegations fly in the face of everything we stand for as an organization and as a partner to communities and small business owners around the world,” the company said. “Not only do we categorically deny the allegations that these franchisees were unable to succeed because of any form of discrimination by McDonald’s, we are confident that the facts will show how committed we are to the diversity and equal opportunity of the McDonald’s System, including across our franchisees, suppliers and employees.”