A Colorado Dodge dealership one of two studies on discrimination by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to: a statement dated August 25 of the federal agency.
Christopher’s Dodge Ram agreed to pay $935,000 after the EEOC alleged the company discriminated against female applicants for sales positions.
The brokerage agreement is one of two separate EEOC investigations into allegations of dealer discrimination. The recent $935,000 deal is the result of a process calling for EEOC to reconcile, which is an informal option the federal agency is offering earlier. legal action, according to its website. Another investigation led to a lawsuit filed in late 2021, which is still pending in U.S. District Court in Colorado.
The EEOC said Christopher’s Dodge Ram did not hire female employees for sales positions and did not maintain records at its Golden, Colo., dealership. Dealer leaders deny the allegations, said Courtney Kramer, the attorney representing the dealer in the agreement.
A reconciliation agreement does not prove wrongdoing, Kramer said.
Christopher’s Dodge Ram denies being involved in any misconduct, unlawful conduct or discrimination, but ultimately agreed to enter into this agreement with the EEOC because Christopher’s Dodge Ram has every opportunity to improve and increase the representation of women in its workforce welcomes,” Kramer said. said.
In addition to the payment, the dealer agreed to increase women’s representation, change personnel administration and provide equal opportunities for all employees, among other new practices.
“It’s hard to get that strong representation given the company’s auto industry and car sales,” said Kramer, who’s leadership at Christopher’s Dodge Ram has always had this goal.
The EEOC’s other discrimination investigation did not end in a conciliation agreement, but proceeded to a formal lawsuit filed September 2021. The civil suit alleges that the dealer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, according to an EEOC statement.
The pending lawsuit says some employees were discriminated against as a result of the dealer’s work environment. The lawsuit alleges employees’ use of racist remarks, derogatory statements about gender and unwanted physical touching. According to the EEOC, reports of harassment were met with retaliation, including firing one employee and threatening to fire another.
Christopher’s Dodge Ram leadership “denies all allegations and has therefore made the choice to litigate all claims,” said Michelle Magruder, who represents the dealer in the pending case.
Female candidates who applied to Christopher’s Dodge Ram between January 1, 2012 and June 14, 2022 can receive a portion of the $935,000 brokerage agreement.