A lawsuit accusing McDonald’s of discrimination brought forth by Black former franchisees now has nearly 80 plaintiffs attached to it.
In August, a little more than 50 Black operators filed the complaint, stating the fast-food chain pushed them toward impoverished areas and didn’t provide the same opportunities given to their white peers. An amended complaint added more than 25 franchisees who experienced similar issues.
Beforehand, more than 200 stores were involved. That number has grown to nearly 300. The lawsuit is seeking damages as high as $1.5 billion, or roughly $4 million to $5 million per store.
The lawsuit said average annual sales were about $2 million, which is more than $700,000 lower than the chain’s national average of $2.7 million between 2011 and 2016 and even smaller than the $2.9 million average in 2019. The filing also claimed the number of Black franchisees has decreased from 377 in 1998 to 186 in 2020.