Les Schwab Settles EEOC Claim for $2 Million - Tire Review Magazine

Les Schwab Settles EEOC Claim for $2 Million

Les Schwab Tire Centers has settled a four-year-old EEOC claim that it refused to hire otherwise qualified women who sought jobs as tire techs.

Reports said that Schwab agreed to pay $2 million in the settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC sued the tire dealership on behalf of the women in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

The EEOC said that some 200 women, who had been denied so-called "sales and service" positions with the tire dealer’s stores in seven states will be eligible to share in the settlement.

In the settlement, Schwab did not admit guilt in the case, and agreed to continue providing anti-discrimination training to its employees, as well as work to hire more women.

"Resolution of this dispute allows Les Schwab to continue its strong focus on supporting our employees so that they can deliver excellent customer service," Les Schwab human resources vice president Jodie Hueske said in a written statement.

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