Landers Chrysler Dodge Rejected Salesperson Because She Was a Woman, Federal Agency Charges
ST. LOUIS - Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Norman, Okla., violated federal law when it refused to hire a female salesperson, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.
According to the suit, Landers bought an existing car dealership, David Stanley Chrysler, in 2017. After the purchase, Landers hired all the David Stanley sales staff except one, the sole female salesperson, despite her successful sales record and previous customer service award. At the time, a Landers executive told another manager, "This is not a lady's job yet."
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, the EEOC filed the lawsuit (EEOC v. LL Oak Two LLC d/b/a Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Norman, et al., Civil Action No. 5:19-cv-00839) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The agency seeks monetary damages, training on anti-discrimination laws, posting of anti-discrimination notices at the worksite, and other injunctive relief.
"Federal law has guaranteed equal employment opportunity for women for over 50 years, but some employers still say, 'not yet'," said Andrea G. Baran, the EEOC's regional attorney in St. Louis. "We are committed to ensuring that the millions of women who work in male-dominated industries every day are judged solely on their abilities, not their gender."
L. Jack Vasquez, Jr., director of the EEOC's St. Louis District Office, added, "Making hiring decisions based on sex is not only unlawful, it's bad business. We encourage workers who encounter discrimination in hiring to report that information to the EEOC."
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. The St. Louis District Office oversees Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and a portion of southern Illinois.
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