April 21, 2021


Asian business, residents grapple with pandemic discrimination

Aaron Tom wipes his forehead as he stands over the steaming grill at the back of Shanghai Restaurant while making his family’s lo mein recipe. He moves instinctually, having made this dish for years, creating his livelihood by serving others. 

Tom’s routine working hours are spent facilitating every aspect of his business, whether that’s attending to customers or helping in the kitchen. Tom said the restaurant industry is a stable and predictable line of work for him — one that never made him worry about possible failure. 

But recently, that’s changed.

The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way many

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Black McDonald’s owner Herbert Washington sues for racial discrimination

  • A Black McDonald’s franchisee in charge of 14 stores filed a lawsuit against the chain for racial discrimination.
  • McDonald’s put Black franchisees in charge of stores in poorer communities, meaning they made less profit, the suit said.
  • “McDonald’s began to dismantle my life’s work,” Herbert Washington, a former baseball pro, said.
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The Black owner of 14 McDonald’s franchises in Ohio filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the restaurant chain, accusing it of discriminating against Black franchisees.

In the suit, Herbert Washington said McDonald’s “steered” him and other Black owners into restaurants

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