Avis Rent-a-Car to pay $3.3 million to settle racial discrimination lawsuit – manager charged with having added requirements for black motorists

Avis Rent-a-Car to pay $3.3 million to settle racial discrimination lawsuit – manager charged with having added requirements for black motorists – Brief Article

Avis Rent-A-Car System Inc. will pay nearly $3.3 million to settle its part in a lawsuit filed by prospective Black customers who accused an Avis franchisee in North Carolina of discrimination, officials said.

Three Black motorists sued Avis and New Hanover Rent-A-Car in 1996 after they said the company failed to discipline its New Hanover dealer, John Dalton, despite dozens of complaints that were filed against Dalton with Avis’ customer service operators.

Affidavits by former New Hanover managers said Dalton’s rental car outlets placed additional requirements on Blacks to justify denying them rentals. Such requirements included higher credit card maximums and proof of employment.

Avis did not admit to any wrong-doing.

The lawsuit will continue against New Hanover Rent-A-Car, which is based in Wilmington, NC.

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