We’re all following the NLRB push to include franchisors as “joint employers” so as to ease unionizing efforts, but now comes a new fight to expand that definition.  Last week, 10 former employees of a Virginia McDonald’s restaurant filed a civil rights suit alleging racial harassment and discrimination against the franchisee, but the lawsuit also cites McDonald’s Corporation as a “joint employer”.  Speaking to the media, plaintiffs’ attorney said, “We believe that McDonald’s Corporation controlled nearly every aspect of the store’s operations”.  Until this notion is thoroughly rebuffed by the courts and regulators, we would expect to see it used more frequently in a host of areas moving forward.