Walid Elkhatib, an Arab American, bought a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise in Illinois. Ten years later, Dunkin’ Donuts began offering breakfast sandwiches with bacon, ham, or sausage through its franchises. Elkhatib refused to sell these items at his store on the ground that his religion forbade the handling of pork. Elkhatib then opened a second franchise, at which he also refused to sell pork products.
The next year, at both locations, Elkhatib began selling meatless sandwiches. He also opened a new franchise. When he proposed to relocate this franchise, Dunkin’ Donuts refused to approve the new location and informed him that it would not renew any of his franchise agreements because he did not carry the full sandwich line.
Do you believe that Dunkin’ Donuts was justified in its decision to terminate the franchises?