EEOC Sues Chicago Auto Dealer Over Sexual Harassment
Castle Chevrolet has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") for sexual harassment alleging the Chicago auto dealer's female customers were called dingbats and female employees were routinely called obscene epithets. The lawsuit alleges principals in the dealership made sexually hostile, abusive and threatening remarks to female employees and groped them.
According to the lawsuit once the female employees complained about the sexual harassment the dealership did nothing to change its conduct. Castle Chevrolet general manager Bob Politza is denying the allegations, saying the company has "a very strict" policy against sexual harassment.
EEOC regional attorney John Hendrickson said in a statement Wednesday it was amazing that at a time when the auto industry is struggling for survival and women exercise so much influence in the marketplace that anyone would in engage in sexual harassment or show contempt for female customers.
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