(Reuters) – McDonald & # 39 ;s Corp. on Friday called on a US judge to dismiss a lawsuit from dozens of former black franchisees who accused the fast-food giant of racial discrimination of selling them underperforming stores, saying they did not want them to fail and never promised success.
In an application to the Chicago Federal Court, McDonald & # 39 ;s said its franchise agreement clarified the obligations and risks of owning restaurants, which was "fatal" to the claim that it defrauded the 52 plaintiffs, who run more than 200 stores. and has sought as much as $ 1 billion in damages.
McDonald & # 39; s headquarters in Chicago also stated that many of the plaintiff & # 39 ;s claims were too old and that there was no evidence that it made or broke promises. which would support their "expansive" claim of long-standing, enterprise-wide discrimination.
"Overall, this statement is illogical because it suggests that the company has some interest in undermining its franchisees and seeing them fail," M said cDonald & # 39; "No one is promised success, and the plaintiff's fight ̵
The plaintiffs' attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Aug. 31 lawsuit accused McDonalds of directing potential black franchisees to stores in depressed, criminal neighborhoods that require high security and insurance costs and where sales were below the national average. that its franchisees rank "should and must more closely reflect the ever-changing composition of this country and the world."
McDonald & # 39 ;s has also denied discrimination claims in a separate lawsuit filed by two black executives in January in the Chicago court. ] They said that McDonald's harsh classification of stores and other "strong arms" tactics drove a disproportionate number of black franchisees from their systems. Catalog