EEOC Fines Dealer for Sex Discrimination

By Staff Writer February 25, 2021

Performance of Brentwood L.P., doing business as Lexus of Cool Springs, a car dealership in the greater Nashville area, agreed to pay $60,000 to resolve a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced recently.

The EEOC’s lawsuit had charged that Lexus of Cool Springs subjected a female service consultant to different treatment than similarly situated male co-workers, and then fired her because of her sex.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and prohibits unequal terms and conditions of employment because of sex. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court after attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

Besides the monetary relief, the two-year consent decree requires that Lexus of Cool Springs permit female employees to take available leave in circumstances where it permits similarly situated male employees to do so. The company must conduct Title VII training for service consultants and post a notice for two years stating that it will not engage in unlawful discrimination or retaliation.         

“The relief obtained through the consent decree sends the message that gender-based discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated in the workplace,” said Faye Williams, regional attorney of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office. “Although gender-based discrimination still persists, EEOC strives to root out those discriminatory practices when they arise.”

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