Dollar General Accused Of Denying Promotion To Black Worker In Favor Of Whites

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About three years ago, Demetrice Hersey started working at a Dollar General store, first as a cashier then as a lead sales associate. Eager for more responsibility, the Mississippi resident applied to become an assistant store manager -- not once but three times.

But Hersey was turned down each time that the position became available from 2009 to early 2010, not because she was unqualified but because she's black, according to a lawsuit filed on her behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (via the Sun Herald).

Dollar General instead promoted less-qualified white applicants into that position, the federal agency claims, noting that Hersey was the only black employee of the store, located in the Gulf Coast community of Long Beach.

Further, the EEOC alleges that store managers retaliated against Hersey for filing an employment-discrimination claim against the discount retailer, eventually leading to her dismissal in March 2011.

"Dollar General subjected Hersey to a progression of unwarranted disciplinary actions accompanied by a pattern of increasingly demeaning and cruel statements and conduct by the managers in authority at the store and in the district," the lawsuit says.

The EEOC lawsuit seeks reimbursement of lost wages and other compensation that it says Hersey is due. Further, the suit asks that Dollar General be ordered to institute policies that provide equal opportunities for black employees and to pay Hersey punitive damages for "malicious and reckless conduct."

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Dollar General declined a request for comment about Hersey's case, telling AOL Jobs in an emailed response that the company doesn't discuss pending litigation.

In a separate matter, Dollar General warned investors last month that it could soon be the target of an EEOC lawsuit related to the company's use of criminal background checks, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (via the Nashville Business Journal).

The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based chain was advised by the EEOC that the retailer's policy of conducting criminal checks during the hiring process may have an unfair effect on African-Americans and be in violation of the Civil Rights Act, the quarterly financial filing says.

Dollar General is also the target of an EEOC lawsuit filed last week on behalf of two Arkansas employees who allege that the manager of a store in Bull Shoals sexually harassed them, Arkansas Business reports.

Within weeks of his transfer to the Bull Shoals store, manager Wayne Motes allegedly started making sexually charged comments to Nancy Bohl, a part-time sales associate, according to the lawsuit.

"Mr. Motes continually stated he wanted to squeeze Ms. Bohl's breasts," the EEOC says.





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goldheartejk

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October 05 2012 at 10:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
speedking8899

Reverse discrimination is an epidemic in this country especially in the governmental sector in both the state and federal level. Articles like this perpetuate the extreme form of reverse discrimination that has infected our great nation. Affirmative action needs to be eradicated. Hiring needs to be done based on competencies and not because of racial quotas.

October 05 2012 at 10:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
yoretha

Oh for God's sake. 1st, you're not "African-American," you're black. Get over it honey. I'm tired of hearing it. I've never even been close to Africa.

Secondly, background check? Whooops. Forgot about that crack-related charge back in '82?

3rd: Couldn't possibly be that someone else was more qualified? Length of service on a job means nothing if you're a clock-watching slug.

October 05 2012 at 9:52 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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goodnj

The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based chain was advised by the EEOC that the retailer's policy of conducting criminal checks during the hiring process may have an unfair effect on African-Americans and be in violation of the Civil Rights Act, the quarterly financial filing says.

If the EEOC thinks this unfairly effects african-americans then aren't they being racist with that statement since all applicants have to take it.

This one statement speeks volumes!! Think about what they are saying about the criminal element.

October 05 2012 at 8:18 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rick Stillman

The Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based chain was advised by the EEOC that the retailer's policy of conducting criminal checks during the hiring process may have an unfair effect on African-Americans and be in violation of the Civil Rights Act, the quarterly financial filing says. Really? lololololol

October 05 2012 at 5:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bblongshot

Is anybody else getting sick of this crap?I don't get my way so I just claim racial discimination.It's the rloe that has been layed before them by our president he has taken equility back fifty years.It's too bad we were making such progress.People need to spend some time in fox holes together like we did in Vietnam you don't care about someones skin color.They are just your brothers in arms.

October 04 2012 at 8:27 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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Gabriella

why is it when a black person does not get there way they always call it being racist it makes no sense too me.

October 04 2012 at 8:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
marina8999

The EEOC would never have taken the case unless there was a legitimate grievance. It's just too bad that with all of the progress that has been made there are still employers that practice discrimination. I hope the Dollar Store is making more than a dollar on a lot of their products because they are getting ready to pay out big time.

October 04 2012 at 7:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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phil

You obviously lack common sense. You have a scum bag lawyer here that thinks he can squeeze a settlement out of Dollar General. This practice is known, in certain communities, as lawsuit roulette. It doesn't cost the plaintiff a dime to file a case, and.....they just might win! (Hell...it's like the casino) Many people are "frequent filers!" I would be interested to know just HOW MANY of these cases this woman has filed. This story...is not news. The downside is that so much of this is occurring, that many employers may not even consider a minority for employment. (In certain communities...Why take the chance?) This concern would never dissuade those that seek monetary gain through false pretense. Selfish ignorance cost everyone.

October 05 2012 at 12:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
NomadBud

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October 04 2012 at 7:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
terryhoagland123

There are several Dollar General stores in my area and I'm yet to see a black employee I thought a few days ago if they don't hire some blacks there will be a lawsuit.It could be not many blacks apply for those minium wage jobs because they can get a Goverment check and do better staying home.

October 04 2012 at 7:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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bukas99

i live in MS all employees are African American and yes their managers are both African american female and male

October 05 2012 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bukas99

i live in MISSISSIPPI all employees are African American and yes their managers are both African american female and male

October 05 2012 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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