Car wash chain settles EEOC racial discrimination claims

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached a $225,000 settlement with a car wash chain for allegedly failing to promote African-Americans in its Birmingham, Alabama-area locations.

The agency said Monday that Tucson, Arizona-based Car Wash Headquarters Inc., which does business as Mister Car Wash and Mister Hotshine and operates more than 250 car washes and 34 lube centers throughout the United States, had failed to promote Antonio Purdom and a class of similarly situated African-American employees to supervisor and management positions.

Instead, in some cases, it promoted less qualified white employees, some with no prior work experience, the EEOC said in its statement. The company was charged with violating…

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