CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2015) — National Tire & Battery (NTB), a part of TBC Retail Group, will pay $22,500 to settle a national origin and religious harassment suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this summer against the company.
The EEOC filed suit against NTB in June before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
That suit alleged that an unnamed Muslim Arab mechanic who worked for NTB at its Orland Park and Matteson, Ill., locations was harassed by managers and co-workers in 2007 through 2009.
According to the EEOC, managers and co-workers called the man “Taliban,” “al-Qaeda,” “bin Laden” and “terrorist,” and accused him of making bombs. The worker complained repeatedly to management, but the company did nothing to stop the harassment, the agency said.