Cox Communications of Las Vegas partners with Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Cox Communications of Las Vegas entered a $500,000, four-year partnership agreement with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. The agreement extends through the end of 2019.

“Cox has a long and active history of supporting the Metro Chamber,” said Michael F. Bolognini, vice president and market leader of Cox Las Vegas and trustee of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce. “This agreement demonstrates our continuing belief that membership in the Metro Chamber brings with it a host of valuable benefits in addition to wide-ranging support and advocacy of business interests in our community at the state legislature, as well as in Washington, D.C.”

The Metro Chamber provides business-building programs and has more than 100 events annually to help its members connect and do business with each other. The chamber also offers cost-saving programs to its members and exposure through the chamber’s website.

The chamber also helps members through the distribution of its monthly magazine Business Voice, and social media. Finally, the chamber offers members timely news updates to help members make better decisions, along with advocacy and representation at every level of government to help ensure a pro-economy and jobs-friendly environment in Southern Nevada.

“This significant multiyear investment by Cox Communications demonstrates the valuable leadership role the Metro Chamber plays in championing businesses of all sizes in our community,” Metro Chamber CEO Kristin McMillan said. “This long-term agreement will help ensure that the valuable programs, as well as advocacy initiatives of the Metro Chamber, have strong support.”

Cox will continue to support the chamber’s program events, including Preview Las Vegas, Business Expo, Customer Service Excellence Awards and Cocktails and Conversations. The broadband and communications and entertainment company will also continue to support the chamber’s associated Leadership Las Vegas, Leadership Advance and Vegas Young Professionals programs.

Acquisition of automotive parts distributor touches Las Vegas

Oklahoma-based Fred Jones Cos. acquired assets held by California-based Tracy Industries, a parts distribution company for Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealers, for an undisclosed price.

The acquisition included Tracy Industries’ holdings in Southern Nevada along with Los Angeles and Phoenix. The deal included distribution rights, inventory, equipment, employees and warehouses in those regions.

The new assets will be operated under The Fred Jones Cos.’ existing parts distribution business, Fred Jones Enterprises, which includes FCA dealers. This is Fred Jones’ first Western operation.

Business fined in failure to respond in equal rights investigation

The Nevada Equal Right Commission fined Frontline Auto Remarketing LLC $1,000 at the end of last month during a public hearing after it repeatedly failed to comply with an employment discrimination complaint filed in 2014.

At the hearing, Deputy Attorney General Rose Marie Reynolds found that investigators tried to reach Frontline representatives on five occasions through letters and once through a subpoena that was served in person over the past two years. All of this failed to bring Frontline representatives to proceedings investigating discrimination allegations.

“It is unfortunate that Frontline Auto Remarketing, LLC ignored the many attempts of this commission to adhere to its investigative process,” commission Chairman Kevin Hooks said. “One can only reasonably assume that this employer does not consider equality and fairness a fundamental business imperative. The outcome of today’s hearing should serve as notice that NERC will use every tool at its disposal to engage employers in our investigative process.”

The commission imposed the maximum $500 fine for each of the two claims that were under question, totaling $1,000.

Commission administrator Kara Jenkins said her agency hasn’t had a public hearing in about 14 years. The commission plans to more actively pursue businesses that fail to comply with investigations.

The next steps in the case may lead it to federal court.

Because of Frontline’s actions, the commission will try to conciliate the matter on behalf of the charging party. Frontline will still have the opportunity to settle the matter. If these efforts fail, the case will be referred to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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