SALES MANAGERS “SEXUALLY HARASSED” FEMALE SALES STAFF
South Austin Nissan – a car dealership out in Austin, Texas, operated by NICPA Central Auto Group – allegedly subjected its female employees to sexual harassment and is said to have retaliated against those who reported the mistreatment.
Among other things, the managers reportedly “touched or attempted to touch female employees,” “made sexual comments about female employees, critiquing their physical appearance,” and are said to have commented about their employees’ “personal relationships.”
Management is also said to have encouraged the female sales staff to wear “revealing clothing at work to succeed in sales opportunities,” and the use of vulgarity and the display of "sexual videos" was “fairly commonplace.”
Believing that such conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit, Civil Action No. 1:23-cv-01541, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief.
In a written statement, Shannon Black, trial attorney in the EEOC’s Dallas District Office, noted that “It is unacceptable for a manager to suggest to women that their bodies are their best contribution in the workplace …. When an employer fails to remedy sexual harassment and retaliates against workers who report, it perpetuates the harms suffered by the employees who simply seek a healthy work environment.”
Not their best body of work there ….
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