NEW YORK CITY — Mavis Discount Tire Inc. and its associated businesses will pay $2.1 million and provide further relief to settle a lawsuit filed four years ago by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of 46 female job applicants.
The EEOC said it filed its complaint before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in 2012 after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation agreement with the company.
According to the EEOC, Millwood, N.Y.-based Mavis Discount Tire and its other operating units — Mavis Tire Supply Corp., Mavis Tire NY Inc. and Cole Muffler Inc. — violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by refusing to hire women for its field positions at its 140-plus stores in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
These positions included managers, assistant managers, mechanics and tire technicians, the EEOC said. In addition, Mavis failed to make, keep or preserve employment records, the agency said.
Mavis is pleased to have reached agreement with the EEOC after eight years of litigation, according to Paige Koudijs, co-owner and executive vice president of Mavis Tire.