CREATED Aug. 5, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It seems like just yesterday, everyone was all smiles as Hertz made the announcement that it's moving its corporate headquarters from New Jersey to Estero.
But the Lee County NAACP feels left out.
"Hertz did not reach out to the minority community," Nancy Kelley Simms, Second Vice President for the Lee County NAACP, said.
Local NAACP President James Muwakkil sent an email to Hertz saying the company promised to speak with him about hiring minorities, but never called back.
"To do some hiring as far as making job applications available, setting up a job fair within the neighborhood," Simms said.
The email goes on to say that if Hertz is biased against minorities, the Lee County NAACP will boycott the company.
Fox 4 talked to Hertz's Corporate Headquarters. They told us they didn't' know the NAACP felt this way and they are proud of their fair approach to hiring.
"We are an equal opportunity employer and we are vigilant about making sure we are trying to attract quality minority contractors," Richard Broome, Executive President for Cooperate Affairs and Communications for Hertz, said.
Hertz reached out to the local NAACP after receiving the email.
"Hopefully it's a temporary set back and we can set it straight pretty quickly," Broome said.
That quickly part is important to the NAACP. They say Hertz needs to follow through, or the group will take action.
"Then it would be advocating persons to not utilize Hertz, boycotting them and using someone else instead," Simms said.