McDonald’s abruptly avoided a high-profile court fight on Friday in a case brought by employees who sued the fast-food restaurant chain for failing to protect them against exposure to the coronavirus.

Friday’s hearing, held via Zoom and broadcast on YouTube, comes in the latest case in which workers have hauled their employers into court over COVID-19 pandemic protections. Five employees at four McDonald’s locations in Chicago filed the lawsuit on May 19 alleging public nuisance and negligence.

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