CHICAGO (CBS) — A McDonald’s franchise owner is suing the Chicago-based company, accusing the fast foot giant of racial bias.
Herb Washington used to play for the Oakland A’s, but now he owns 14 McDonald’s restaurants, most of them in Ohio.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Mainly Clear And Not As Cold Sunday Night
He claims the corporation steered Black owners like himself to buy franchises in low income Black neighborhoods.
When he tried to buy ones in wealthier, white neighborhoods, he said he was denied.READ MORE: At Least 20 Shot, 2 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
According to Washington, white McDonald’s franchise owners reap $700,000 more in profits than Black owners.
McDonald’s denied Washington’s claims, saying he’s responsible for his own business growth.
A statement from the company said, in part:MORE NEWS: Boy, 11, Shot And Wounded In West Pullman; He Is Second Child Shot In Area Within Week
“This situation is the result of years of mismanagement by Mr. Washington, whose organization has failed to meet many of our standards on people, operations, guest satisfaction and reinvestment.”