EEOC reaches $2.1 million deal with Mavis Discount Tire over sex discrimination allegations

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 30, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced Mavis Discount Tire Inc., which also does business as Mavis Tire Supply Corp., Mavis Tire NY Inc. and Cole Muffler Inc., will pay $2.1 million after allegations of class sex discrimination.

Mavis allegedly had a pattern of not hiring women for field positions, which included managers, assistant managers, mechanics and tire assistants, at more than 140 stores throughout the Northeast.

Alleged actions like this violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“This case exemplifies EEOC's commitment to remedying systemic bias,” said EEOC New York District director Kevin Barry. “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.”

The $2.1 million will be divided among 48 alleged victims. Mavis must also create safeguards to prevent such purported discrimination from happening in the future, the EEOC said.

“We are pleased that as a result of this settlement, Mavis will be making concerted, verifiable efforts to hire more women at all of its field locations," said EEOC acting regional attorney Raechel Adams.

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