McDonalds sued for discrimination
Ten former McDonald's workers have sued the company in a US federal court for racial and sexual discrimination.
The suit alleges that some employees were fired from one franchise because there were "too many black people".
The BBC reports that the suit is being backed by a group campaigning for better wages for fast-food workers and a local equality group "The Virginia National Association for the Advancement of Colored People."
In the lawsuit filed in Virginia on Thursday 10 former employees - nine of whom are African-American and one of whom is Hispanic - allege that they were subject to "rampant racial and sexual harassment" by supervisors at three restaurants run by McDonald's franchisee Michael Simon.
Mr Simon became franchise operator of the three restaurants in late 2013, when the majority of the employees at the restaurants were African-American.
Soon after, the suit alleges Mr Simon instituted a plan to hire more white employees, with supervisors allegedly telling employees that the restaurants were "too dark" and they needed to hire new employees to "get the ghetto out of the store".
Subsequently, in mid-2014, a large number of white employees were hired and several of the African-American employees who are part of the suit were fired.
The fired workers alleged that when they attempted to contact McDonald's corporate office, there was no response.
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