Tire retailer to pay more than $2 million to settle EEOC sex discrimination lawsuit

Company allegedly violated federal law by systemically refusing to hire women

Posted March 31, 2016

A large tire retailer based in the New York metropolitan area will pay $2.1 million and provide other relief to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

According to EEOC's lawsuit, the company engaged in a pattern or practice of sex discrimination by refusing to hire women for its field positions — managers, assistant managers, mechanics, and tire technicians — in the company's more than 140 stores throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. EEOC also charged that the company failed to make, keep, and preserve employment records. Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The consent decree settling the suit provides that the company will pay $2.1 million, to be divided among 46 aggrieved women. Also, the decree provides for extensive safeguards to prevent future discrimination by implementing hiring goals for women, a comprehensive recruitment and hiring protocol, and anti-discrimination policies and training.


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