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.”
Additionally, the complaint states that when the plaintiffs voiced their
concerns to management at McDonald’s, the company failed to take
any actions to remedy the firings.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination of the
basis of race, color, religion or sex. Further, employers are required
to investigate claims of discrimination, and take reasonable steps to
remedy discriminatory actions.
Several other lawsuits are pending against McDonald’s alleging violations
of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), concerning “wage theft”
and other prohibited wage and hour practices. These suits also seek to
hold McDonald’s corporate responsible for the acts of franchises.
For more information, please contact the compassionate and dedicated Atlanta
wage and hour lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.