The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today announced it has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against JLP, L.L.C., doing business as Jiffy Lube of Plainview, and Wolflin Oil, L.L.C. The EEOC alleges that Jiffy Lube and Wolflin, acting as an integrated enterprise, fired two of their employees, one because he is African American, and the second because of his Hispanic national origin.
The EEOC´s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division, seeks back pay, compensatory and punitive damages as well as other relief including a permanent injunction preventing defendants from discharging employees because of their race or national origin, among other things.
In a press release, the EEOC said it filed suit only after exhausting its conciliation efforts to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement.
The EEOC is, unfortunately, unable to maintain an office in every community in West Texas. However, we hope to make our presence felt, in communities like Plainview, by investigating charges of discrimination filed by residents of such communities, and by filing lawsuits when we discover that residents have been subjected to employment discrimination, said a trial attorney with the EEOC´s El Paso Area Office.
In addition to enforcing Title VII, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment or pregnancy) or national origin and protects employees who complain about such offenses from retaliation, the EEOC enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which protects workers age 40 and older from discrimination based on age; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits gender-based wage discrimination; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the federal sector; Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits employment discrimination against people with disabilities in the private sector and state and local governments; and sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.