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12:10 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Albuquerque Car Dealer To Pay $2 Million Settlement Over Alleged Sexual Harassment Of Men

An Albuquerque automobile dealership is agreeing to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that dozens of male employees were subjected to same-sex sexual harassment and retaliation.

A consent decree filed Thursday in federal court settles a 2011 suit filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Pitre (PEE'-tree) Inc., which does business as Pitre Buick.

The suit alleged that managers subjected employees to sexual harassment that included solicitations for sex and grabbing. It also alleged that Pitre retaliated against workers who objected.

The company continues to deny the allegations and says it agreed to the settlement only to avoid trial costs and uncertainties.

The EEOC says over 50 men will benefit from the settlement. It includes requirements for corrective policies and the hiring of a monitor.

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