Federal employment officials have sued a car dealership in Norman, Oklahoma, saying the company unlawfully refused to hire a sales job candidate because she was female.
In the lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said that in 2017 Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Norman bought an existing dealership, David Stanley Chrysler, and hired all the staff except one, the sole female salesperson.
According to the suit, she was refused the job despite her successful sales record and previous customer service award. At the time, a Landers executive told another manager, “This is not a lady’s job yet,” according to the EEOC.
Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, the EEOC filed the lawsuit (EEOC v. LL Oak Two LLC d/b/a Landers Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Norman, et al., Civil Action No. 5:19-cv-00839) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. T
The agency seeks monetary damages, training on anti-discrimination laws, posting of anti-discrimination notices at the worksite, and other injunctive relief.
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