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More than 50 former Black-owned McDonald's franchisees sue the company

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 12:25:56-04

McDonald's Corp. is being sued by 52 former Black franchisees who allege the company denied them the same opportunities afforded White-owned franchisees.

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that the Chicago-based hamburger giant engaged in "blatant and implicit racial discrimination," according to the ex-franchisees' lawyer.

The suit points out that in 1998, there were 388 Black-owned McDonald's franchises in the U.S., which has fallen to 186 today.

In comparison, there were 15,086 total franchises in 1998; today there are nearly 39,000.

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