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AutoNation Sued for Sex Discrimination - Alleged that they "Needed a Man"

By:  Santiago J. Padilla, Esq.

I am happy to report that the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") has filed a lawsuit against AutoNation, one of the largest auto dealerships in the U.S., on behalf of one of our clients.  The lawsuit alleges that AutoNation violated federal law by discriminating against our client, a female Assistant Parts Manager, at its Coral Gables, Florida, location when it failed to promote her to a vacant Parts Manager position because of her sex.  Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that our client worked at AutoNation since 1996, working her way up from a clerical position to Assistant Parts Manager, a position which she held for about 10 years.  When the Parts Manager position became vacant, AutoNation hired a younger man with less experience, without considering our client for the position.  The lawsuit alleges that AutoNation stated that the position "needed a man." 

We filed a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC in May 2014 alleging that AutoNation discriminated against our client in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  On December 20, 2016, the EEOC determined that AutoNation discriminated against our client.  This week, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against AutoNation alleging sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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If you have any questions regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or any employment law issues, please do not hesitate to contact me, Santiago J. Padilla, Esq., either at 800-483-7197, at spadilla@frfirm.com, or at Fowler Rodriguez LLP (786-364-8445), a full-service regional law firm with multiple areas of legal expertise.

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