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AutoZone to pay $65K in lawsuit

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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2009 4:45 pm | Updated: 3:07 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

AutoZone, a nationwide retailer of car parts, will pay $65,000 after a jury ruled it failed to take immediate and appropriate action on sexual harassment complaints from a Mesa employee.

In 2003, employee Stacy Wing was the target of egregious sexual harassment in the company's store at Eighth Street and Country Club Drive, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a press release Thursday. Wing no longer works at the store.

"The EEOC presented evidence that the store manager repeatedly forced Wing's head down to his genitals and made crude sexual remarks to her," the release said.

The press release said one incident was captured by the store's camera, but the company said it lost the video prior to trial, along with records of Wing's complaints.

The jury ruled that the Memphis, Tenn.-based chain violated Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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