On Wednesday, a federal district court in Chicago dismissed a multi-billion dollar lawsuit from black franchisees who accused the company of racial discrimination, stating that court fees were vague.
The proposed class action lawsuit, led by brothers James and Darrell Byrd, who ran four McDonald & # 39 ;s restaurants in Tennessee, was filed in October by the same law firm representing 52 black former franchisees who had filed a similar lawsuit in August.
"The biggest claim made is that" McDonald's growth strategy has been predatory and targeted at black consumers, markets and territories by directing black franchisees to high-cost black neighborhoods ̵
The trial claims that this discriminatory behavior led to a reduction in the number of black franchisees by a half and an increasing difference in cash flow and income between black and white franchisees, the decision states.
" For to put it mildly, the plaintiffs have alleged a massive, complex case of discrimination, which began decades ago, spanning the entire country, that has personally affected hundreds of African-American McDonald & # 39 ;s franchisees, "the decision states.
The slightest accusation required to proceed with the case requires that kind of haze crime, who did it and the date when it happened, they say. 19659002] "To begin with, there are no charges regarding who has committed any alleged discrimination", the judgment is mentioned. "Once removed from McDonald's discriminatory history, the vague allegations are that at some unspecified time, the plaintiff and other African American franchisees were directed to financially unattractive locations," it said.
“The Court does not intend to imply that McDonald's activities over the years have not been tainted by the brush of racism. The fact that the first African-American franchisees did not appear until 15 years after the franchise facility was established in 1955 gives the opposite disturbance, the decision says.
Historical discrimination can not, however, be the basis for a discrimination case in 2020 is stated in the decision when they reject the case.
Lawyers in the case did not respond to a request for comment.