MIAMI - Black employees of National Car Rental charge they are discriminated against by a company that puts them in dead-end jobs and prevents promotions.
The lawsuit filed June 30 in U.S. District Court in Miami also claims discrimination in hiring, salaries and discipline and charges that the corporate culture created a racially hostile work environment.
National, based in Edina, Minn., employs 1,200 people in Florida and 8,500 nationally. The company was bought for $600 million in January by H. Wayne Huizenga's Republic Industries Inc., which also owns the Alamo, Value and Spirit car-rental operations.
Wesley Fredenburg, general coun- sel for National Car Rental, said he was 'surprised by this suit.' He noted that 93 percent of the Miami work force is black or Hispanic.
Blacks are routinely assigned to lower-paying jobs such as bus drivers, service agents and dispatchers, according to the suit filed on behalf of 400 black employees or job seekers in Florida since 1993.