Hire firm denies racist policy
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• A Welsh truck and van hire company that had to pay £5,000 compensation to a former employee because of its rental vetting policy is to appeal against the decision.
Weathersfield Van and Truck Rentals of Cwmbran, Gwent was ordered to pay £5,000 to Veronica Sargent after a Cardiff industrial tribunal found it had instructed her not to rent vehicles to blacks or Asians. Sargent quit her job as a receptionist at Weathersfield's after only two days because she felt too upset to carry on working when told of the company's policy. The company denies operating a racist policy but admits Sargent would have been told not to rent to "skinheads or pot-smoking Rasta men" Weathersfield managing director Paul CavaIli says: "I abhor racism and 5% of our business is with ethnic minorities so it doesn't make sense from a commercial point of view let alone an ethical one."