Dunkin’ Donuts Accused of Racial Discrimination by Business Partners

By Thomas McKinney


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.
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Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.