Landmark Dodge in Independence is in the cross hairs of a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that claims car dealers hired only men as salespeople and only women as office workers – and then retaliated against employees who opposed the practice.
The lawsuit also includes Landmark South Inc. as a defendant, which was sold in November 2019, after alleged violations of federal law occurred. The dealership now operates as Max Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Belton.
According to the lawsuit filed September 27 in the US District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the alleged violations took place from May 2017 to May 2019.
Landmark did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication and has not yet officially responded to the lawsuit.
Two employees sparked the lawsuit: the former Director of HR Janette Barron and former recruiter Jacqueline McKinney; Landmark hired both in September 2017. They were tasked with expanding recruiting efforts to bring in more qualified job applicants.
Barron and McKinney allege that Steve has Doug Fletcher told them that Landmark does not hire women for sales positions, that women and gay men cannot handle sales positions, that women are not good salespeople because they do not get the respect needed to sell cars and train women for sales. position is a waste of time because it is not a clerical job. Barron and McKinney also claimed they were told Landmark did not hire men for cashier, clerical and other office positions.