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Black franchise owner charges McDonald’s with racial discrimination

A former Oakland A’s star claims the company punished him for speaking out

A long-time McDonald’s franchise owner who is African American has filed a lawsuit against the company, charging that it systematically kept him and other minority franchisees out of the more lucrative markets they sought.

Herb Washington, a former Major League Baseball player for the Oakland A’s, claimed in his lawsuit that McDonald’s discriminated against him and other minority owners based on race.

“In his four decades in the McDonald’s system, Mr. Washington has suffe...

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