(WKBN) – McDonald’s has settled a lawsuit by local businessman Herb Washington.

He had accused the company of racial discrimination. Washington said McDonald’s put him in charge of low-volume restaurants in Black neighborhoods and forced him to downsize.

In exchange for his agreement to exit the company and dismiss his pending litigation, McDonald’s said it purchased the 13 restaurants owned by Washington for $33.5 million.

The company said the amount “is no more than what we deem a fair price for the value of the restaurants.”

The court found McDonald’s did not violate any laws.

McDonald’s continued by stating that “discrimination has no place at McDonald’s. While we were confident in the strength of our case, this resolution aligns with McDonald’s values and enables us to continue focusing on our commitments to the communities that we serve.”