$150,000 Settlement by Honda Dealership in Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Shack-Findlay Automotive, LLC, doing  business as Findlay Honda and Findlay Automotive Group, Inc., a car dealership  in Henderson, Nev., will pay $150,000 to two black  employees for subjecting them to discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

The EEOC filed suit against the  company on behalf of the two individuals in September 2010 in the U.S. District  Court for the District of Nevada (EEOC v.  Shack-Findlay Automotive, LLC d/b/a Findlay Honda and Findlay Automotive Group,  Inc., Case No. 2:10-cv-01692-KJD-RJJ).  In its lawsuit, the EEOC asserted that a parts department manager made  racially derogatory comments and jokes on a near-daily basis and imposed  stricter work-related rules on black employees than non-black employees. Two black employees were eventually fired,  one after communicating that he was going to file a discrimination charge against  the company.

Race discrimination and retaliation  for complaining about it violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of  1964. The EEOC filed suit after first  attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation  process.

Findlay  Honda agreed to enter into a consent decree with the EEOC resolving the matter.  Aside from the monetary relief for the  victims, the consent decree also requires that the company hire an outside EEO  consultant; distribute its policies and complaint procedures with respect to  workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation; track future complaints; and  provide annual equal employment opportunity training.

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