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Racial discrimination surfaces again at McDonald's restaurants

The Golden Arches have become tarnished from decades of racial discrimination, according to more than 50 former Black franchisee owners who claim McDonald's restaurants gave preferred treatment to their White counterparts. The 52 plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit against the fast-food giant in August, each seeking up to $5 million in damages per store for the more than 200 locations they operated.

Is natural hair discrimination affecting your career?

African Americans have long suffered from racial disparities in the workplace -- not the least of which are dress codes and grooming expectations that were designed with non-blacks in mind. California (along with New York) was among the first states to take a stand against racially based hair discrimination, passing laws that specifically forbid it in schools, public buildings and employment actions.

How do you approach your boss about racial microaggressions?

Nobody enjoys bringing up the victim of racial discrimination at work, but if you are -- whether it's subtle or overt -- you have a right to address the issue with your employer. You also have the right to expect your employer to take action.