NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A black couple and an
Indian-American woman have filed a bias lawsuit against Dunkin' Donuts. They
claim as former franchise-holders in New Jersey and Maryland they were
unlawfully denied locations or steered away from opening stores in more
Reggie and Amy Pretto, a black couple from Montclair, N.J., claim that Dunkin' Donuts lied to them in 2004 when it
told them there were no locations available in the New York metro area.
Instead, they claim they were steered to less profitable minority areas in
Maryland. The suit claims they lost $750,000 before declaring bankruptcy.
Priti Shetty of Montville, N.J., claims that as a
woman of Indian descent she was prevented from opening a third store in northern
Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' Donuts didn't immediately comment on the New