Black McDonalds employees are reportedly suing the fast food chain for racial discrimination.
According to Business Insider, employees who worked at a location in Rock Island, Illinois filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois on Tuesday, October 13. Plaintiffs Selynda Middlebrook, Stephanie Stevens and Luther Gray, who are acting on behalf of his 17-year-old daughter, claim that the site's manager called the black workers and customers a "ghetto".
They also claim they were given shorter working hours while other employees complained about them as "lazy" or "smelly". In late July, Middlebrook claimed she had been labeled a "waste of space" and that her hours were cut earlier this year.
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Stevens, Middlebrook's aunt, says she was fired immediately after telling the manager not to be so discriminatory and degrading about employees.
"We are tired of being seen as less human and not even worth living in," said Middlebrook on a call to reporters on Tuesday.
In response to the lawsuit, Trina Gendron, the McDonald & # 39; s franchisee who owns the site, issued a statement claiming she would investigate what happened.
"I am determined to run a values-led organization and discrimination, harassment or retaliation of any kind will not be tolerated in my restaurants," she said. "I take these allegations seriously and am currently reviewing the complaint and investigating these allegations."
This is at least the fourth racial discrimination lawsuit filed against McDonald & # 39; s this year. Two black executives sued McDonald & # 39; s in January for "cruel" retaliation. In July, three former Florida workers sued the company for discrimination, and later in July 52 former black franchisees sued McDonalds, claiming they did not have the same opportunities as white franchisees.