Black franchisee claims McDonald’s forced him to sell locations to white owners, law firm says

A former pro baseball player who built one of the largest Black-owned McDonald’s franchises claims the company forced him to sell stores to white owners in a squeeze play that violated his civil rights. Herb Washington, a famed sprinter who helped the Oakland Athletics reach the World Series in 1974, makes the claim in a new lawsuit due to be filed Tuesday in federal court in Ohio, a spokesman for his law firm said Monday. “As part of its effort to drive Black franchisees from its system, McDonald’s has targeted Washington and has pressured him to sell one store after another to white franchis…

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