EEOC Sues Auto Service Chain

By Staff Writer January 21, 2022

Monro Inc., which operates Car-X Tire and Auto stores across the Midwest, violated federal law by maintaining a work environment rife with sexual harassment at multiple locations in the Chicago area, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, multiple male employees were subjected to physical abuse of a sexual nature and graphic sexual comments, and at least one female employee was subjected to different and demeaning work assignments and verbal harassment based on her gender.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits harassment based on sex. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (EEOC v. Monro Inc., Civil Action No. 22-cv-0220) after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The government’s litigation effort will be led by attorneys Adrienne Kaufman and Elizabeth Banaszak and supervised by Justin Mulaire.

“When management ignores reports of harassment, it sends a clear message to the workforce that this abusive behavior is permitted and even sanctioned by the company,” said Julianne Bowman, district director of the EEOC’s office in Chicago.

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