In recent years, workplace discrimination has drawn greater attention in Indiana and throughout the U.S. A recent case involving McDonald’s shows that the issue is not limited to small businesses with limited oversight and attention. It can even happen in massive corporate structures with a worldwide presence.

The fast food juggernaut is accused of discriminating against two employees because they are African American. The two employees have filed a lawsuit advocating for African Americans who worked for the company, franchisees and even customers. They say they were demoted because of their activities. The plaintiffs are both women. One says she was called a racial epithet by a white executive. Five other African American colleagues were subjected to racial comments and stereotypes.

The women say that the discriminatory behavior got worse in 2015 when the company hired new executives after installing a new CEO. One of the women stated that she told the company of her concerns regarding racial inequality at the company. They also say that there has been a tendency for black executives to be denied promotions. There were 42 high-ranking African Americans at the company in 2014. That has since been reduced to seven.

People who have been confronted by problems in the workplace because of race, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or for any reason should be cognizant of their rights. This is true for those who have been denied employment, had career advancement stalled or were dismissed for reasons other than credentials and job performance. Legal counsel with experience in workplace discrimination cases could help a client obtain compensation.