OXFORD, Miss. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a lawsuit Feb. 9 against Dolgencorp LLC, doing business as Dollar General Stores Inc., for allegations of subjecting female employees to sexual harassment.
According to EEOC’s allegations, Dollar General Stores is liable for sexual harassment by one of its store’s managers. A female employee at a company store in Red Banks, Mississippi, alleged her supervisor repeatedly made unwelcome comments and gestures of a sexual nature toward her.
The woman was allegedly not the first female employee to complain about the manager’s harassment. Dollar General Stores purportedly looked into the matter for three months before firing the store manager for “inappropriate conduct.”
"There is nothing ambiguous about the laws against sexual harassment,” said Katharine W. Kores, district director of the EEOC's Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “Managers may not subject their subordinates to such abuse in the workplace. Equally clear is the EEOC's continued commitment to its mission of enforcing Title VII's prohibition against sexual harassment, as well as other federal laws forbidding employment discrimination."