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McDonald's hires a new chief diversity officer

Reginald Miller will become the company's head of equity and diversity inclusion

McDonald's has hired a new chief diversity officer. From November 9, Reginald Miller will become the company's global head of equity and diversity inclusion. Miller was previously the Head of Diversity at Vf Corp, owner of The North Face, Timberland and Vans brands. "Reggie and I share the same goal: that to move forward, we need to move away from the idea that the responsibility for diversity lies with a person, a department or a group," said Heidi Capozzi, head of human resources by McDonalds, in a letter to employees. Miller will replace Wendy Lewis , who retired in September.

At least 50 workers have filed sexual harassment allegations against McDonalds in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or state courts over the past four years. Last November, the Chicago-based firm fired its CEO Steve Easterbrook after the latter admits he had sent explicit text messages to an employee. The company's former HR chief, David Fairhurst , was also fired.

McDonalds is also facing allegations of racism across its entire system. In January, two Black McDonalds executives sued the company, claiming it implemented non-black consumer advertising, and implemented business plans that had a discriminatory impact on black people franchisees. In recent weeks, the former franchisees have filed two federal lawsuits against McDonalds, claiming that the company directed them to less profitable, downtown stores with high security and insurance costs and did not give them the same opportunities as white franchisees.

Miller, is a black man who served in the United States Army from 1997 to 2005. He also led the diversity efforts at Walmart. His first job, in high school, was at McDonalds.

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