By Angela Wills
Tis the season for giving and the Black McDonald’s Operators Association of Chicago is definitely feeling the spirit this season. The association decided to give back this Thanksgiving by giving away 1,500 turkeys during a holiday charity meal held recently.
There were three McDonald’s restaurants chosen to serve Thanksgiving meals and there were 500 people fed at each location. The weather was rainy but that didn’t deter the crowd as lines circled around the buildings and throughout the parking lots. There was musical entertainment provided to minister those in attendance at one of the locations.
The Inspiration 1390AM tent presented performers along the likes of Ryan Booker and Lemmie Battles, who is a three time cancer survivor and a singer. Host of 1390AM, Angela Martin and John Hannah, pastor of New Life Church were on site to hand out the turkeys to those in attendance.
The fellowship was phenomenal as those who gathered to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal were also gifted with turkeys for the holidays. The gesture is a kind one that will allow many who would not have been able to afford the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, to do so.
This is encouraging news and a great contrast to reports of McDonald’s Corporation’s settlement this week after claims that it “discriminated against immigrant employees of company-owned restaurants,” according to the U.S. Justice Department.
McDonald’s reportedly required “permanent, legal residents to show a new “Green Card,” or permanent resident card, when their initial card expired,” a practice prohibited by Federal law. According to the Justice Department, the same demands were not placed on U.S. citizens whose identification cards had expired.
The practice resulted in legal permanent residents not being allowed to work and, in consequence, some lost their jobs.
Aside from McDonald’s compensating permanent residents who were not permitted to work or who lost their jobs due to these practices, McDonald’s will be monitored for 20 months, and is set to pay $355,000 in civil penalties. Policies have been put in place to train employees on anti-discrimination regulations. Permanent residents who were employed by a company-owned McDonald’s location between Sept. 23, 2012 and March 1, 2015 may be eligible to receive compensation if they were terminated or forced to miss work due to being unable to produce a new card when their Green Card was set to expire.