Workers File Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination at Corporate-Owned McDonald’s Restaurant in Florida

On July 17, 2020, three current employees of the corporate-owned McDonald’s restaurant at 5525 Walt Loop Road in Lakeland, Florida filed a civil rights complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging that they were subjected to a racially hostile work environment, disparate treatment, and retaliation by McDonald’s.  Plaintiffs Monica Scott, Augusta Moody, and Faith Booker alleged, among other things, that their general manager made racist comments about Black people and subjected Black workers and customers to discriminatory treatment.  The lawsuit further alleges that the regional manager and a human resources representative notified about the discriminatory behavior failed to remedy the situation and that, after plaintiffs raised their concerns, they faced retaliation, including reduced hours.  Plaintiffs are represented by Altshuler Berzon LLP, Peter Helwig of Harris & Helwig, PA, and Mary Joyce Carlson.