Last week, Patterson Harkavy filed suit against McDonald’s on behalf of former employees who were fired after being told “there are too many black people in the store.” The workers allege a widespread pattern of racial and sexual discrimination and harassment at three McDonald’s restaurants in Virginia. Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith represent the ten plaintiffs, along with Virginia Diamond, a Virginia attorney with Ashcraft & Gerel.
The lawsuit has garnered national and international attention. Many articles discuss how the lawsuit names as a defendant not only the franchise, but also McDonald’s Corporation. For example, in an article entitled “Why This New McDonald’s Lawsuit Could Be Big Trouble for Fast Food,” TIME discussed how the McDonald’s franchise model has recently come under fire in different legal contexts.