$21.9M Toyota Motor Credit Corporation Buyer Discrimination Settlement

Who is a Class Member

To be eligible for payment from the Toyota Motor Credit Corporation Buyer Discrimination Settlement:

  • “A buyer must have gotten an auto loan to buy a vehicle financed by Toyota Motor Credit Corporation between January 1, 2011, and August 1, 2016.
  • At least one buyer on the contract must be African-American, Black, Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander.
  • The buyer(s) must also have been identified by the Government as having been overcharged by Toyota Motor Credit Corporation.

You do not need to have an open account with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation to be eligible for a payment. It does not matter whether your account went into default or your vehicle was repossessed.”

If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Settlement Amount

  • $21,900,000.00

Estimated Award

  • Varies

The first page of your Buyer Participation Packet shows the estimated minimum payment that you will receive if you are eligible. Your final payment may be larger. If you did not receive a Buyer Participation Packet, but you believe that you are entitled to receive a payment under this settlement, you will need to complete and submit an Settlement Eligibility Form.

Proof of Purchase

  • Claimants filing online will need to provide their unique ID number found on your individual Notice as well as your TMC account number. Claimants submitting the Settlement Eligibility Form will need to provide the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number along with their TMC account number.

Buyer Login

  • class action lawsuits

If you do not have a Buyer Login, you will need to submit a Settlement Eligibility Form, which you can download here. 

Toyota Motor Credit Corporation Buyer Discrimination Settlement Notes

In February 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Department of Justice resolved an investigation into Toyota Motor Credit Corporation’s alleged practices of buyer racial discrimination. Reportedly, TMCC charged higher interest rates to African-American, Asian, and Pacific Islander borrowers than non-Hispanic white borrowers for auto loans, regardless of their credit worthiness.

“No consumer should be forced to pay more money for a loan because of their race or national origin,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker of the Central District of California. “This settlement resolves our claims by providing compensation for affected consumers and seeking to ensure that future loans funded by Toyota reflect equal terms.”

In agreeing to settle the buyer racial discrimination allegations launched by the CFPB and DOJ, Toyota Motor Credit does not admit any fault, but will set up a fund to repay eligible buyers up to $21.9 million. Additionally, Toyota will revise its pricing and compensation system to reduce the dealer’s discretion to mark up interest rates.

Complete details about the investigation and settlement can be found on the Toyota Motor Credit Corporation Buyer Discrimination Settlement website.

Important Dates

  • 5/8/18: Claim Form Deadline (aka Buyer Response Deadline)

Contact Information

  • Mail: Toyota Motor Credit Corporation Settlement, Settlement Administrator: Epiq Systems, P.O. Box 3775, Portland, OR 97208-3775
  • Phone: 1-844-778-5953
  • Fax: 1-844-840-0630
  • Email: info@TMCCSettlement.com

Class Counsel

  • N/A

Settlement Website

Claim $2,000 D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Class Action Settlement

Who is a Class Member

Class members of the D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Class Action Settlement include “all African-American persons who, since February 23, 2012, have been terminated or otherwise permanently separated from their positions, suspended with or without pay, and/or denied employment with WMATA or any third party contractor or subcontractor of WMATA as a result of the Background Screening Policy and who claim to have suffered any loss of earnings or damages as a result.”

If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Settlement Amount

  • $6,500,000.00

Estimated Award

  • $2,000.00

Individuals who submit a short form claim will be eligible to receive a payment of $2,000. Individuals who submit a long form claim with supporting documentation showing proof of lost wages in excess of $2,000 could receive a larger settlement payout as outlined in the FAQs.

Proof of Purchase

  • If you submit a short form claim, you will need to confirm that
    • (1) you are African American
    • (2) you failed the Background Screening Policy, and
    • (3) after failing you were denied employment, terminated, or suspended by WMATA or a WMATA contractor
  • If you submit a long form claim, you will need to confirm that:
    • (1) you are African American
    • (2) you failed the Background Screening Policy, and
    • (3) after failing you were denied employment, terminated, or suspended by WMATA or a WMATA contractor
    • (4) You will also need to provide documentation relevant to your claim, including information about the timing and circumstances when you were denied employment, terminated, or suspended by WMATA or a WMATA contractor, the position at issue, and approximate salary, as well as any evidence of amounts earned in the interim, which will be supported by tax forms, W-2 statements, or sworn declarations.

Claim Forms

You have the option of submitting a short form claim or a long form claim. Eligible Class Members who submit short form claims will be entitled to receive a flat payment estimated to be $2,000. Eligible Class members who believe they suffered more than $2,000 in lost wages may, if they wish, submit a long form claim, providing additional documentation to support a payment greater than $2,000.

You cannot submit both a long form claim and a short form claim, or receive both a long form claim payment and a short form claim payment.

D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Settlement Notes

  • Erick Little, et al. v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, et al.
  • Case No. 1:14-CV-01289-RMC
  • Pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

The class action lawsuit stems from Washington D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority’s 2011 adoption of a criminal background screening policy which, according to the plaintiffs in the case, violates the Civil Rights Act. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that the background screening policy “adversely and disproportionately impacted African Americans who applied for employment with WMATA or WMATA contractors or were suspended or terminated as a result of the new background screening.

WMATA denies these allegations and maintains its background screening policy was adopted for non-discriminatory reasons and does not adversely impact African-AmericansComplete details about the case and settlement are provided on the D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Settlement website.

Class members who wish to opt-out or object to the terms of the D.C. Metro Transit Employee Racial Discrimination Settlement must do so by March 19, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit their claim form on or before March 8, 2018.

Important Dates

  • 3/8/18: Claim Form Deadline
  • 3/19/18: Objection or Opt-Out Deadline
  • 4/23/18: Final Hearing at 9:30 am ET* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).

Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.wmataclassaction.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.

Contact Information

  • Mail: Settlement Services, Inc., P.O. Box 10643, Tallahassee FL, 32302-2643

Class Counsel

Settlement Website

Tesla Slammed With Class Action Lawsuit Alleging Racial Discrimination

Tesla has been slammed with a proposed class action lawsuit over allegations its California production plant is a “hotbed for racist behavior.”

Filed Monday in California Superior Court in Oakland, the racial discrimination class action claims that black employees were addressed using racial slurs that included the routing use of the “n-word” and were told to suck it up when they complained about the offensive language.

Plaintiff Marcus Vaughn, a former General Assembly Associate for Tesla for a period of 6 months who filed the complaint, says he was targeted and harassed because of his race, according to the Tesla racial discrimination class action lawsuit. “Supervisors regularly witness employees engaging in offensive racist conduct, and also engage in race harassment themselves, therefore giving license to subordinates to do the same,” the lawsuit claims.

According to the proposed class action lawsuit, these alleged actions on the part of Tesla “have created an intimidating, hostile, and offensive work environment for African-American employees” at Tesla’s production facility in Fremont, California.” The suit goes on to say that Vaughn observed other African-American co-workers being subjected to the same racial slurs.

Shortly after filing a written complaint to Human Resources and Tesla CEO Elon Musk regarding the alleged racism directed at him and his co-workers, Vaughn says he was terminated on October 31, 2017 for “not having a positive attitude,” the complaint states.

He goes on to state that back in May, Musk reportedly told factory employees to essentially just deal with it if they were called racial slurs. “Part of not being a huge jerk is considering how someone might feel who is part of [a] historically less represented group,” Musk wrote in an email. “Sometimes these things happen unintentionally, in which case you should apologize. In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology.”

This marks the third lawsuit filed this year accusing the electric car manufacturer of racial discrimination. In March, Plaintiff DeWitt Lambert filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Court, saying he was sexually and racially harassed at the Fremont plant. He is currently suspended with pay pending an investigation into the allegations. In October, three former employees also filed racial discrimination claims against the company. Vaughn’s lawsuit, however, is the first to bring the alleged racial discrimination claims on behalf of a large class of African-American workers.

Vaughn is seeking to represent a class comprised of African-Americans who are current and former employees working on the production floor at the Tesla Factory at any time from November 9, 2016 to the present. He is requesting damages, including punitive and compensatory, under California’s anti-discrimination law.

Vaughn and the putative class are represented by Lawrence Organ and Navruz Avloni of California Civil Rights Law Group and Bryan Schwartz and Logan Starr of Bryan Schwartz Law.

The Tesla Racial Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit is Marcus Vaughn et al vs. Tesla Inc., Case No. RG17882082 in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Alameda.