Employment discrimination claim settled by retailer

There are still industries across the country and here in California that are dominated by men. However, the companies in these industries are required to give female applicants the same consideration as it would males. When it comes to the hiring process, gender is not supposed to be a factor. Otherwise, it could be considered employment discrimination.

A retail tire chain headquartered on the East Coast was accused of employment discrimination by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed a suit against the company back in 2012. The case was filed on behalf of 46 women who claim that the company did not hire them because of their gender. Records indicate that the company has approximately 1,300 managerial, tire installation and mechanic positions across four states.

Between 2010 and 2012, New York-based Mavis Discount Tire Inc. did not hire any women to fill those positions. The company also has 800 field positions, and only one of those positions was filled by a woman back in 1990. This data could be at least part of the reason why the company recently entered into a consent order with the EEOC that was approved by the judge presiding over the case.

In addition to monetary payments that will be made to the women in the lawsuit, the company agreed to meet certain hiring goals with regards to women applicants. The company will also be required to create anti-discrimination policies. No company, including those here in California, should tolerate employment discrimination. Further, those who believe they were discriminated against in the employment process should not hesitate to pursue the matter with the EEOC and/or through litigation.

Source: businessinsurance.com, "Retail tire chain settles EEOC charges it refused to hire women", March 25, 2016

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