New Jersey claims Rent-A-Center tolerated racist comments

CAMDEN, N. J. – New Jersey has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Rent-A-Center, says the national retailer tolerated racist comments from a manager allegedly often used in two of the shops of the company.

The state complaint, filed in Camden Superior Court on Wednesday, asked that Rent-A-Center subject to audit by the New Jersey Division on Civil rights for a period of two years.

Attorney-General Christopher Porrino says the lawsuit focuses on an assistant manager who often used racist remarks in the conversation with co-workers in the two Rent-A-Center stores in Pennsauken.

The suit claims that an African-American employee filed a complaint with corporate higher-ups about Hispanic-assistant manager behaviour, but Rent-A-Center, transferred from the manager to a second location where the problem remained.

Officials for the Plano, Texas-based company will not search for messages in response.

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