A Miami AutoNation dealership has agreed to pay $150,000 to a former assistant parts manager to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against the store by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The lawsuit, filed in September 2017, accuses AutoNation Chevrolet Coral Gables and AutoNation Inc. of failing to promote Jacqueline de la Torre to a parts manager position because she's a woman.
De la Torre was employed at the dealership from 1996 to August 2013, working her way up from a clerical position to assistant parts manager, a position she held for approximately 10 years, according to the EEOC.
She reported to the parts manager, Juan Huerta, and when Huerta's position opened up in 2013, the dealership did not conduct a formal application or interview process, the suit said. Nor did store managers consider de la Torre for the position, nor provide an opportunity to apply, despite her expressing an interest in the role. When a man, Jason Armas, was chosen for the position, de la Torre aired her grievances to AutoNation's district and regional management about the dealership's failure to give her an opportunity to formally apply for the spot, according to the suit.