Dollar General faces EEOC lawsuit over alleged discrimination - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Dollar General faces EEOC lawsuit over alleged discrimination

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GOODLETTSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Dollar General says it will vigorously defend itself in a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The agency filed lawsuits against Dollar General, which is based in Goodlettsville, and a BMW automotive factory in South Carolina.

The EEOC says both companies used criminal background checks in ways that discriminated against employees.

In one case, a woman says Dollar General gave her a conditional job offer, but the offer was revoked because of a drug possession conviction from six years earlier.

Another woman says she was fired after a faulty background check claimed she had a felony conviction.

The EEOC had warned companies about using background checks because they have a disproportional impact on African-Americans.

In a statement, Dollar General says most other retailers do similar checks and the "criminal background check process is structured to foster a safe and healthy environment for its employees, its customers and to protect its assets in a lawful, reasonable and non-discriminatory manner."

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