ATLANTA (AP) _ A woman claims in a federal lawsuit that a
Greyhound bus driver refused to let her back on the bus during an
early-morning stop unless she paid him 600 dollars and then threw
luggage at her when she refused -- all because she is black.
Sherri Bass Howell claims in the lawsuit filed that she was
racially discriminated against by bus driver Richard Oliver while
she was on a route from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina, on
While at a stop in Rock Hill, South Carolina, she says she and a
white passenger got off the bus to use the restroom. She claims
Oliver, who is white, let the white passenger back on the bus but
refused to let Howell board again without paying 600 dollars. The
lawsuit filed last week in Atlanta says that when she refused, the
driver demanded she take her luggage and then threw her bags at
her, hitting her in the leg.
A spokeswoman for Dallas-based Greyhound says the company is
investigating the claims and won't discuss pending litigation.
Spokeswoman Kim Plaskett says Greyhound does not tolerate
discrimination of any kind.
Attempts by the Associated Press to reach Oliver at work and
home today were not successful.