Short-term car rentals to young drivers (16 to 24 years old)

Class action description

In the short-term car rental industry, it is common practice to discriminate against drivers aged 16 to 24 years (hereinafter “young drivers”). Such discrimination against young drivers could be in the form of: (1) charging additional fees, (2) the refusal to lease them certain vehicle models and (3) the outright refusal to lease them any model of vehicle;

The age at which the defendants apply the three discriminatory practices varies from one company to another, but this differential treatment applies solely because of age. Under the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms[1] (hereinafter “Charter”), such discrimination is prohibited.

While it may be allowed in certain situations to make a distinction, exclusion or preference according to age, in particular in an insurance contract, no exception is provided by law for the leasing of vehicles.

The purpose of this action is to put an end to these discriminatory practices and to compensate those affected by them with compensatory, moral and punitive damages.

[1] L.R.Q., c. C-12.

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Group description

Any person in Quebec who has been discriminated against or who has signed a contract  for a short-term rental of a vehicle that contains a discriminatory clause with one or more of the defendants because of the age of one of the drivers specified in the contract, since August 16, 2016.

SUB-GROUP 1

Any person in Québec who has signed  a contract or has been designated in a short-term rental contract of a vehicle with one of the defendants in which additional fees were charged because of the age of one of the drivers specified in the contract, since August 16, 2016.

SUB-GROUP 2

Any person in Quebec to whom one of the defendants refused to lease short-term one of the available vehicles because of the age of one of the drivers specified in the contract, since August 16, 2016.

SUB-GROUP 3

Any person in Quebec with whom one of the defendants refused to enter into a short-term vehicle lease agreement because of the age of one of the drivers specified in the contract, since August 16, 2016.

(hereinafter the  « Group »)

 


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