2 black McDonald's executives allege discrimination and 'irrational, vile, and cruel' retaliation at the fast-food giant in new lawsuit

2 black McDonald's executives allege discrimination and 'irrational, vile, and cruel' retaliation at the fast-food giant in new lawsuit

Two black McDonald's executives claim in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday that they faced discrimination, a hostile work environment, and "irrational, vile, and cruel" retaliation at the fast-food giant.

Vicki Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal allege in the suit that discrimination cost them millions of dollars combined in lost pay and benefits, in addition to suffering "emotional distress, humiliation and related physical suffering."

The lawsuit claims that discrimination at McDonald's became "overt" under ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook and Chris Kempczinski, who was promoted from the head of the US business to CEO in November.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday, McDonald's cut its total number of black corporate officers from 42 to seven from 2014 to 2019. McDonald's uses the term "officer" to describe employees at a vice-president level or above that. A McDonald's representative told Business Insider that the company's officer count has dropped overall, in a recent restructuring.

"At McDonald's, our actions are rooted in our belief that a diverse, vibrant, inclusive and respectful company makes us stronger," a McDonald's representative said in a statement.

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Two black female executives at McDonald's claim in a new lawsuit that the fast-food giant discriminated against them, other black employees, and franchisees at the chain.
Vicki Guster-Hines and Domineca Neal, two McDonald's operations officers based in Dallas, Texas, filed a suit against the fast-food company in the North District Court of Illinois on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal first reported. The complaint, which also names McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski, former CEO Steve Easterbrook, and US West Zone President Charles Strong as defendants, claims Guster-Hines and Neal faced intentional race discrimination, a hostile work environment, and unlawful retaliation.
"McDonald's subjected them to continuing racial discrimination and hostile work environment impeding their career progress, even though they both did great work for McDonald's, which the Company consistently acknowledged in their performance reviews," the complaint reads.
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