Jiffy Lube Settles Sex Discrimination Charge

August 3, 2004 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The owner of a franchised oil change company will pay $299,000 as part of a sexual discrimination settlement.

The settlement came in a lawsuit filed against the Lynwood, California-based The Oil Shoppe by three female workers – including two teenagers – who claimed co-workers made explicit sexual remarks to them, the Associated Press reported. One of the female employees also claimed she was fired when she complained to the company, a Jiffy Lube franchise.

As part of the settlement, Alamitos Enterprises, which has taken over the franchise from The Oil Shoppe, has also agreed to provide training to its employees and managers.

“The type of vulgar sexual advances typified in this case is outrageous behavior by an employer and not something young women just entering the work force should ever have to experience,” Anna Park, a Los Angeles lawyer for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said in a statement.

The alleged violations of the 1964 Civil Rights Act are punishable by compensatory and punitive damages of up to $100,000 per victim for employers with more than 100 workers but fewer than 201.