Dunkin’ Donuts Accused of Racial Discrimination by Business Partners


A New Jersey lawsuit alleges that Dunkin’ Donuts discriminates against minority franchisees, particularly Indian women and black applicants. The case is Shetty v. Dunkin’ Donuts Franchised Restaurants in Middlesex County.  The plaintiffs claim that Dunkin’ Donuts engaged in illegal racial “steering,” misinformation, and harassment. Of 6,990 Dunkin’ Donuts franchises, less than 50 are black-owned and most are in “economically less advantageous minority areas,” and no franchise in several states is run by an Indian woman, the plaintiffs say. Dunkin’ Donuts denies the allegations.