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Mavis Discount Tire Allegedly Engages in Sex Discrimination by Stereotyping Female Applicants

above-the-bar-logo.jpgThe EEOC recently filed a lawsuit against Mavis Discount Tire alleging that the auto store and service has been engaged in discriminatory hiring practices against women for at least 2 years. The tri-state auto parts store and service provider did not hire a single female between 2008 and 2010.

Mavis Discount Tire is based in Millwood, New York, and also does business as Mavis Tire Supply Corporation and Mavis Tire NY. The company sells tires, automotive parts and services and has about a 110 locations throughout the northeast.

The EEOC’s lawsuit alleges that since 2008, Mavis only employed one woman out of about 800 employees. The various positions at the Mavis store and service centers included tire installer, mechanics, assistant managers, managers, as well as other related positions. Furthermore, out of 1,300 hires for these positions between 2008 and 2010, not one woman was hired.

The suit also charges Mavis with failing to maintain applications on file, which is a separate violation. The EEOC also claims that its review of applications that were available showed that Mavis denied offering positions to women with more experience and better credentials and hired less qualified men.

The lawsuit seeks recover back and future pay for all the women applicants who were harmed as well as job that they were denied. Anna M. Pohl, a trial attorney in the EEOC’s New York District Office, stated that “Women have been working in traditionally all-male fields like automotive services and sales for quite a while, but Mavis seems to be stuck in the past.”

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against an individual because of their race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or genetic information regarding any aspect of employment. It applies to employers who have 15 or more employees, as well as to state and local governments. The Act prohibits discrimination based on sex against employees as well as job applicants with regard to hiring, firing, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition or privilege of employment. It also makes it illegal to based employment decisions on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or how an individual will perform because of their sex. For example, it is illegal to not consider a woman for the position of a mechanic because of a generalization that “women can’t change tires.”

Women have come a long way from the days when they were completely barred from certain professions, but unfortunately, sex discrimination is still a huge problem. The facts in Mavis are absolutely shameful. Not only did the company discriminate in hiring women, it basically engaged in stereotyping all women as incapable of performing any automotive work.

Our attorneys have represented many women who have suffered from gender discrimination at the workplace. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against because of your sex, call our Discrimination Attorneys at Villanueva & Sanchala at (800) 893-9645 to evaluate your options to help you protect your workplace rights.


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