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McDonald's Set To Pay $33.5M To Herb Washington Following Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

It’s genuinely cheaper not to be racist. Herb Washington once owned 27 McDonald’s restaurants, and now he will receive $33.5 million from the corporation after a recent lawsuit. As previously reported by AfroTech, Washington took the fast-food giant to court following what he alleges was a string of racially charged motives to keep him from excelling as a Black franchisee. Now, REVOLT reports that the chain has agreed to the amount citing that “discrimination has no place at McDonald’s.” They also noted that $33.5 million was a “fair price for the value of the restaurants” after reports came out that Washington was asked to not only drop the racial discrimination lawsuit but to leave his 13 McDonald’s businesses behind.

Shanique Yates

Dec 22, 2021

Successful Black McDonald's Franchisee Sues McDonald's For Racial Discrimination 

Former Oakland A’s player, community leader, and the man who’s said to have one of the most notable success stories in Black American business history, Herb Washington has filed a lawsuit against fast-food giant McDonald’s. According to Businesswire , the civil rights lawsuit exposes the company’s alleged retaliation and racial discrimination against him as a Black franchisee. Filed by law firm Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane & Conway, the complaint claims how McDonald’s “redlined” not only Washington but other Black store owners into its least desirable locations and withheld advantages that are often provided to white store owners. Allegedly the company also systematically dismantled his 27-store chain empire in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York which forced him to sell seven stores in the last three years, all to white owners. Despite the company’s continued setbacks in place against Black franchisee owners, Washington was able to break barriers and become the largest Black McDonald’s...

Shanique Yates

Feb 19, 2021