Maurice Howard, a 27-year-old black man from Maui, is suing Hertz and Facebook because employees of the car company made racist comments about him on the social website.
His attorney stated what was done was a hate crime. The name-calling described Howard as a pretentious black man who rented high-end vehicles, such as BMWs, despite comments on Facebook that his credit card gets declined frequently.
One of the Hertz employees named in the case characterizes the plaintiff as a “broke ass faka who act like he get planny money.” The lawsuit contends Howard’s civil rights were violated and that both defendants in the case were negligent in allowing Hertz’s employees to attack Howard they way they did.
How Facebook May Have Violated Its Policy
In the case of Facebook, the lawsuit says the company violated its policy that prohibits harmful content that can be seen as bullying or putting someone in emotional distress. According to the lawsuit, all Hertz employees involved were either fired or resigned.
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