Washington v. McDonald’s USA, LLC, No. 4:21-cv-00367 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 16, 2021) — Herbert Washington, once one of McDonald’s largest Black franchisee owners, filed suit in the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against the international, fast-food giant based on its alleged pattern of racial discrimination and retaliation against him and other Black franchisees.
Mr. Washington now joins two-hundred thirty-eight (238) other current and former Black franchisees who recently brought class action lawsuits against McDonald’s USA and McDonald’s Corporation, for what they also described as franchisor’s “pattern and practice of covert and systemic discrimination against Black franchisees.” See Crawford v. McDonald’s USA, LLC, No. 1:20-cv-05132 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 31, 2020); Byrd v. McDonald’s USA, LLC, No. 1:20-cv-6447 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 29, 2020).