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Mar-11-2010 12:13printcomments

Les Schwab Tire Centers Pays $2 Million to Settle Hiring Discrimination

Women will now be able to change tires at Les Schwab.

Les Schwab Tire Center in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Les Schwab Tire Center in Wilsonville, Oregon.
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(SEATTLE) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has resolved its gender-based hiring class lawsuit against Les Schwab Tire Centers of Washington, et al., and Les Schwab Tire Warehouse, Inc. for $2,000,000 and other corrective measures.

The EEOC's suit (Case No. 06-045-RSM) in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (Seattle) claimed that Les Schwab had failed to hire qualified women for Sales & Service (tire changing) jobs at its stores in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah starting in 2004.

"While the parties have engaged in extensive litigation the past four years, we are pleased to work with Les Schwab to bring this case to a resolution and to start a new era of cooperation," EEOC Regional Attorney William Tamayo said. "This resolution allows Les Schwab and the women who the EEOC represents to move forward."

Mike Baldonado, EEOC San Francisco District Director whose responsibility includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, stated, "The EEOC will continue to investigate employers and industries that have put women in certain types of jobs, and men in others. We hope Les Schwab becomes a model employer of women in the male-dominated tire industry."

In addition to the monetary amount, Les Schwab agrees to maintain its anti-discrimination policies and procedures and anti-discrimination training for all its managers, assistant managers and employees about Title VII and sex-based discrimination. The company will also provide periodic reports to the EEOC on its compliance with the terms of the consent decree.

According to the company's website, www.lesschwab.com, there are over 400 Les Schwab Tire Centers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, Utah and Nevada. The company is based in Bend, Oregon.

The EEOC enforces the nation's laws in the private and federal sectors prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, age and disability. San Francisco District's jurisdiction includes Northern California, Northern Nevada, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at eeoc.gov.




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Jun September 22, 2010 7:13 pm (Pacific time)

I don't understand why people make these kind of things out to be such big deals. It's only natural that men and women have different talents. But I don't agree with being sexist; they shouldn't refuse the women who want to work their, jobs. 


Natalie March 18, 2010 7:19 pm (Pacific time)

Let's see... when I got a flat tire on the road none of the passing women suggested their help. All I heard was 'Wow, what are you gonna do? Can you call your husband? Is he far from here? Do you want to use my cell-phone?' A lot of compassion wasn't a real help. Since I'm stubborn, I tried to unscrew everything by myself. I really tried hard without any success-nothing moved from it's, istalled by the factory, place. Then, what do you know-a man was passing by. I guess, my attempts looked laughable to him, so he stopped to help. He was done in a few minutes. No, I don't think women have the same strength as men. From what I know even women-truck-drivers don't mind being helped by men. BTW a couple weeks ago I was called a feminist, so that is a new title for me-'feminist-sexist'. Sounds somewhat contradictory.


Troy March 18, 2010 10:33 am (Pacific time)

So you think women cannot do the job as well as men then? In this case, they use compression and electronic tools--so women aren't smart enough to use it? How sexist.


Natalie March 11, 2010 1:50 pm (Pacific time)

What if don't feel comfortable with women, changing my tires and men, selling me lingerie? Can I say it as a customer or I would be sued too? Or I'm just supposed to watch and wonder if it's my last day of life because my wheels might go loose on the freeway?

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