EEOC Sues Auto Dealer

By Staff Writer October 07, 2021
Christopher's Dodge RAM in Golden, CO. Christopher's Dodge RAM in Golden, CO.

The feds charged Chris the Crazy Trader Inc. for subjecting female and male employees to sexually hostile work environments and subjecting Black/African and Latino/Hispanic employees to a racially hostile work environment. The dealer does business as Christopher’s Dodge Ram in Golden, Colo.

According to the lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employees and managers at Christopher’s Dodge Ram called female employees by obscene epithets and even touched them inappropriately. The EEOC alleged that a female employee observed a director at the dealership watching pornography while at work and that, soon after, he cornered her in a room and made inappropriate sexual comments. Christopher’s Dodge Ram fired her shortly after she complained about the encounter, according to the agency.

The EEOC also alleged that a manager offered female employees money in exchange for sexual acts, made frequent sexually inappropriate comments, and placed his clothed genitals against the chair of a female employee on a biweekly basis. According to the EEOC, that same manager also sexually assaulted a male employee by purposefully rubbing his clothed genitals against the employee’s buttocks.

The lawsuit also asserts the manager participated in the racially hostile work environment at Christopher’s Dodge Ram, frequently commenting on Black/African employees’ skin color and supposed physical characteristics. According to the EEOC, other Christopher’s Dodge Ram employees also made derogatory and racially offensive comments, including use of the N-word and the word “beaners,” contributing to the racially hostile work environment towards Black/African and Latinx/Hispanic employees. The EEOC alleges that Christopher’s Dodge Ram knew about the harassment but failed to act and allowed it to worsen.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits racial harassment in employment, as well as sexual harassment and retaliation. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

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