Attorney representing 52 Black former franchise owners on why they’re suing McDonald’s Description video: 52 Black former franchisees are filing a $1B discrimination suit against McDonald’s. Jim Ferraro, The Ferraro Law Firm founder and the attorney representing the owners, joins […]
Attorney representing 52 Black former franchise owners on why they’re suing McDonald’s
52 Black former franchisees are filing a $1B discrimination suit against McDonald’s. Jim Ferraro, The Ferraro Law Firm founder and the attorney representing the owners, joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss the lawsuit. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi \n\nMore than 50 former McDonald’s franchisees are suing the fast-food giant for racial discrimination, alleging it denied them the same opportunities as White operators and pushed them out of the system.\n\nThe 52 Black plaintiffs claim that McDonald’s violated federal anti-discrimination law and breached their contracts. They operated over 200 restaurants and exited the franchise between 2010 and 2020. The suit was filed Tuesday in a federal court in Illinois, where the company is headquartered.\n\nAccording to the complaint, McDonald’s steered Black franchisees toward restaurants in low-income neighborhoods, which typically have higher security and insurance costs and lower volume sales. The lawsuit said the plaintiffs’ average annual revenue was $2 million, at least $700,000 less than McDonald’s national average for its franchisees between 2011 and 2016. Last year, the national average sales for its franchisees climbed to $2.9 million.\n\nAfter subtracting restaurants’ costs from missed revenue over the years active, the plaintiffs say their losses are $4 million to $5 million per location on average.\n\n“Revenue, at McDonald’s, is based on one factor and one factor only: location,” plaintiffs’ attorney James Ferraro said in an interview. “It has nothing to do with the taste of a Big Mac. You don’t go to a different McDonald’s because the Big Macs are better. You go to the closest McDonald’s, period.”\n\nMcDonald’s said that while it may recommend locations, the decision is ultimately up to franchisees. It also said the plaintiffs operated restaurants in a wide variety of communities across the country and that the company sold high-performing franchises to Black operators.\n\nThe lawsuit alleges that Black operators who rejected offers to continue running their restaurants in low-income neighborhoods faced retaliation. The plaintiffs also allege that McDonald’s provided misleading projections that persuaded them to buy undesirable franchises and denied them better locations typically given to White franchisees, who operated safer restaurants with higher sales and lower security costs. \n\nMany of the plaintiffs owed money to the company or vendors after they exited the franchise. \n\n“These allegations fly in the face of everything we stand for as an organization and as a partner to communities and small business owners around the world,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “Not only do we categorically deny the allegations that these franchisees were unable to succeed because of any form of discrimination by McDonald’s, we are confident that the facts will show how committed we are to the diversity and equal opportunity of the McDonald’s System, including across our franchisees, suppliers and employees.”\n\nFerraro’s law firm began looking into the alleged discrimination in early February. In December, Business Insider reported that the number of Black franchisees has been shrinking for years. According to the complaint filed Tuesday, the number of McDonald’s Black operators hit a record high in 1998 of 377. In 2020, there are only 186, despite McDonald’s more than doubling its global restaurant count during that time period. The decline of Black franchisees coincided with the tenure of McDonald’s first Black CEO Don Thompson, who helmed the company from 2012 to 2015.\n\n» Subscribe to CNBC TV: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision\n» Subscribe to CNBC: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC\n» Subscribe to CNBC Classic: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassic\n \nTurn to CNBC TV for the latest stock market news and analysis. From market futures to live price updates CNBC is the leader in business news worldwide.\n \nConnect with CNBC News Online\nGet the latest news: http://www.cnbc.com/\nFollow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC\nFollow CNBC News on Facebook: https://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC\nFollow CNBC News on Twitter: https://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC\nFollow CNBC News on Instagram: https://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC\n \nFor info on the best credit cards go to CNBC Select: \nhttps://www.cnbc.com/select/best-credit-cards/ \n\n#CNBC\n#CNBCTV
McDonald’s loses its black franchises
Black McDonald’s franchisees are leaving the chain as the productivity gap between them and their white counterparts widens..
Average cash flow «black franchises» much less than all other restaurants in the chain, according to a report based on information from former corporate employees and internal documents.
The gap widened every year. In 2012, it was less than 24 thousand dollars per month, and in 2017 it was already about 60 thousand.
Today, many African American franchisees are leaving the system. In 2008, there were about 304 such franchises in the network, but by 2017 there were 222, according to documents from NBMOA.
«One of our top priorities is that all McDonald franchises’s in all communities have the opportunity to thrive, grow and achieve their business ambitions», – McDonald’s written statement said’s.
Business Insider reports that black restaurants are much more likely to be located in locations where sales are lower and costs, such as security, are higher..
«The vector of business relations with African American owners is going in the opposite direction. Through no fault of ours, we are lagging behind the general market in many ways», – said NBMOA CEO Larry Tripplett.
McDonald’s views data from «black franchises», including financial qualifications, location and compliance with corporate standards. According to Business Insider, several dark-skinned restaurant owners of the chain said they would not be able to buy outlets with higher cash flows due to their financial situation or a number of other factors..
McDonald’s told CNBC that the decline in franchises in African American countries are also largely proportional to the decline in their total over the past few years.