United States: McDonald's sued for racial discrimination by former black franchisees

The plaintiffs accuse the fast food chain of "hindering the efforts of black franchisees to grow" by acquiring other establishments, all in order to "force them to give up".

About fifty former black McDonald's franchisees in the United States filed a complaint on Monday, August 31, accusing the group of racial discrimination for having attributed them establishments that perform less well than others. The fast-food restaurant chain "puts black franchisees in doomed places, with low-volume sales and high operating costs, continually resulting in lower profits or losses,"  traders say in this complaint filed in a court in Illinois, where McDonald's is based.