New Lawsuit Against McDonald’s

According to sources, a group of minority fast food workers accused McDonald’s Corp. of violating their civil rights in a new lawsuit between the Fight For 15 movement and the Oak Brook, Ill.-based multinational.

Backed by the Service Employees International Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, ten workers filed a federal complaint in Virginia today against McDonald’s and one of its 2,500 independent owner-operators, a franchisee company called Soweva.

Were people fired for being black?

The workers, nine of whom are black, say Soweva managers told them they needed to “get the ghetto out of the store” and fired them after hiring a string of white employees in 2014. McDonald’s corporate headquarters failed to correct the alleged discrimination and should be held liable as well, the complaint said.

The complaint, which also alleges instances of sexual harassment, seeks damages under Title VII of 1964’s Civil Rights Act.

It comes at a time when McDonald’s is facing increased exposure to labor complaints and lawsuits. By naming McDonald’s the complaint, these legal actions challenge the legitimacy of McDonald’s’ contractual agreement with franchisees, which stipulates that McDonald’s Corp. can’t be held liable for any labor law violations committed in their restaurants.

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One thought on “New Lawsuit Against McDonald’s

  1. Interesting… this is in Illinois? All of the McDonalds where I am are all run by hispanics. I watched while the manager tried to fix the machine to make my latte whatever it was, an older Hispanic man touching all the burgers without any gloves. I said something to the manager and he went to the window where I could see, spoke to him in Spanish, he got a pair of gloves on and when the manager returned to work on the machine, the older Hispanic man looked me in the eye and took his gloves off and touched all the food that people were going to eat. I said to the manager, never mind. Your man just took his gloves off, your equipment isn’t working, there are other customers that will be eating the food that this man has had his hands all over, after he’s wiped his face, etc. I won’t be back and I’ll be sure to tell others as well.

    Disgusting…. the truth is, you have no idea what the people are doing with your food when your order fast food or sit down restaurant. Sad but true!

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