McDonald’s Workers Charge They Were Fired for Being Black

February 6, 2015

Ten black McDonald’s workers in Virginia who were fired last May after being told, they “didn’t fit the profile” filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the company and the franchise owner Jan. 22. The suit alleges that managers at three McDonald’s in Clarkesville and South Boston told workers that it was “too dark” in the restaurants and that they “need to get the ghetto out of the store.”

“I had no idea what they meant by the right profile until I saw everyone else that they fired as well,” said plaintiff Willie Betts, who was a cook at the South Boston McDonald’s. McDonald’s Corp. argues that it is not responsible for its franchises’ relations with employees, but the complaint contends that it has control over “nearly every aspect of its restaurants’ operations.” Read More

February 5, 2015

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