DENVER (CBS4) – A federal agency has filed a lawsuit accusing a metro area auto dealership of violating federal law by creating a sexually and racially hostile work environment.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit on September 30 against Christopher’s Dodge Ram of Golden and its owner, Chris the Crazy Trader, Inc.
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In a detailed complaint obtained by CBS4, the agency alleges that a number of employees and dealership managers made sexual comments or behaved inappropriately in the presence of employees.
The EEOC launched an investigation into the concession workplace after harassment complaints were submitted by two former concession employees.
The first woman was hired as an internet saleswoman in November 2017. Throughout the following year, she was subjected to weekly comments from a manager who asked her about her sex life with her husband and about her willingness to have sex with a black colleague. , she asserted. The inappropriate touching by the same manager began just weeks after he was hired and has continued on a regular basis. Other colleagues called her names, she claimed, and spoke about their sexual relations in her presence.
The second woman saw an official watching a pornographer on her computer, according to the complaint. Subsequently, he cornered her in a room and made inappropriate comments.
The two women were fired after filing a complaint with senior management at the dealership.
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Additionally, according to the EEOC, other Christopher’s Dodge Ram employees also made derogatory and racist comments, including the use of the N word and the word “beaners.”
The EEOC alleges that Christopher’s Dodge Ram knew about the harassment but did not act and let it escalate.
Amy Burkholder, field director of the EEOC field office in Denver, said in an EEOC press release: âThe Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it clear: Employers must remedy and prevent work environments. racist and sexually hostile.
The EEOC filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado after initially attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
CBS4 has contacted the dealership but has not yet received a response. This story will be updated if and when one is received.
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