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Scandal-plagued insurer accused of ethnic discrimination

The Local · 25 Jul 2011, 09:05

Published: 25 Jul 2011 09:05 GMT+02:00

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DAS, which is owned by the Ergo company – dogged by allegations employees at its Hamburg-Mannheimer unit held an orgy for top salesmen in Budapest several years ago – is said to have discriminated against Russians, Poles and Italians.

But Turks were particularly shunned, according to this week's edition of Der Spiegel magazine.

“Turks were especially unwelcome as customers,” a former insurance agent told Der Spiegel.

When company officials noticed people with unusual names applying for auto insurance – even if they had German citizenship – they immediately demanded an explanation from insurance agents and rarely granted coverage, the magazine reported.

The policy was supposedly always communicated orally, but never in writing in order to avoid the eyes of regulators.

But an Ergo spokesman denied the allegations.

"Prices since 1995 have had no surcharges, or the like, which are linked to the nationality of the customer,” the spokesman said, adding that a full evaluation showed “no discrimination.”

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In addition to the sex party revelations, Ergo has been confronted with charges that it overcharged Germans saving for retirement with so-called Riester-Rente accounts.

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Your comments about this article

10:59 July 25, 2011 by harcourt
If I were to post a comment on this article I would only be accused of criticising something in Germany. As this is not approved of in these columns I shall refrain !!
13:29 July 25, 2011 by freechoice
once i apply for one at non-Ergo insurance company, one lady was called Batman, and she asked me to come tommorow, because her boss was not around, the next day, i was attended by a German lady, probably the supervisor, she persistently insisted that i cannot purchase insurance from her even if i am willing to pay for the insurance, had no accident from 10 years and a mature driver. i still don't understand why until this day. well at least internet insurance aren't that discriminatory, and it's cheaper too, if you know where to look! i know it's crazy, but there are people who are not willing to entertaining you if you are providing them with a business!
15:27 July 25, 2011 by Englishted
If they are German citizens then they are Germans not Turks ,you can't have it both ways.


Oh go on be a devil.
18:38 July 26, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Isn't this a privately-owned company? If so, they can do whatever they want, no matter how many people criticise.
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