McDonald’s Corp. has settled some of the first public nuisance lawsuits in the nation brought by workers over COVID-19 protections.

One of the lawsuits, brought on May 19, 2020, alleged that McDonald’s failed to provide adequate COVID-19 protections for workers at four restaurants in Chicago. The case prompted a judge to issue a preliminary injunction against McDonald’s, a ruling cited by lawyers suing other companies, such as meat processor Smithfield Foods, over COVID-19 protections.

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