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McDonald's Is Being Sued Over a 'Racist' Franchise

Ex-workers at a McDonald's say the corporation should be held responsible
Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Ten former workers are suing McDonald's, alleging rampant racism, sexual harassment, and illegal terminations at one location, in a case that will test the company's legal responsibility for decisions of its legions of franchisees.

In a Civil Rights Act lawsuit filed Thursday morning in federal court, ex-workers of McDonald's franchisee Soweva Co. in Virginia say a supervisor called black employees “bitch,” “ratchet,” and “ghetto." She allegedly removed her false teeth and suggested having oral sex with employees. Another supervisor called a Hispanic employee "dirty Mexican” and “hot Mexican,” sent employees pictures of his genitals, and inappropriately touched workers, according to the lawsuit.