How Upcoming Legal Cases May Change the Future of Franchises


By: Joyce Rosenberg, Associated Press

Franchise owners wonder whether they’ll lose autonomy as a result of hearings into about 80 charges against McDonald’s and some of its franchisees.

The hearings stem from nationwide protests by employees seeking higher pay. The workers accuse the companies of retaliating against employees who took part in protests and restricting their attempts to discuss working conditions with each other or union representatives. The franchise industry is concerned the cases could set a precedent requiring all franchisors to oversee how franchisees manage employees.

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