Discount Tire Company in $2.1M Settlement of Systemic Sex Discrimination Suit Filed by EEOC

Mavis Discount Tire field locations in the Northeast will have a new look soon–more women in jobs where previously there had been none. It didn’t happen by happenstance, but rather as the result of action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

On Friday the EEOC announced it has settled a case of systemic sex discrimination against the retailer which also includes Mavis Tire Supply Corp. / Mavis Tire NY, Inc. / Cole Muffler, Inc.

According to the EEOC, Mavis 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 over 140 stores throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. EEOC also charged that Mavis failed to make, keep, and preserve employment records.

The settlement includes a $2.1 million payment by the company and a commitment to hiring goals for women, a comprehensive recruitment and hiring protocol, and anti-discrimination policies and training.

EEOC New York District Director Kevin Berry said, “This case exemplifies EEOC’s commitment to remedying systemic bias. EEOC found that Mavis for years had maintained a pattern of not hiring women at its field locations. This settlement ensures that qualified women will continue to be hired in the future – and advances EEOC’s first priority in its Strategic Enforcement Plan, eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring.”

Read more about the lawsuit and settlement.

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