Dollar General Reaches Settlement with the EEOC in Years Long Background Check Bias Suit

In 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Dollar General, alleging the retailer’s use of criminal background checks disparately impacted African-American applicants in violation of Title VII. Specifically, the lawsuit claimed the business purported “gross disparity in the rates at which Black and non-Black conditional employees were discharged.” The terms of a class-wide settlement must still be approved by the federal court, but requires programmatic relief in addition to a monetary payment. Specifically, the retailer can continue to consider applicants’ and employees’ criminal conviction history for employment purposes only if it agrees not to violate anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws, and if it complies with numerous requirements.

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