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Dollar General sued for violating disabilities act

Posted July 26

— The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit recently filed that a Georgia Dollar General store violated federal law by discriminating against a job applicant because of her disability.

According to the lawsuit filed by EEOC, on or about Sept. 7, 2015, Terri Mosley applied for a sales associate position at a Portal Dollar General store, where she was a frequent shopper.

When Mosley appeared for an interview, the store manager refused to interview her, stating, "I didn't know it was you," according to the lawsuit. The manager is accused of then telling Mosley that she could not work at Dollar General "with that arm."

Mosley's left arm was injured in an automobile accident two years prior.

After Mosley was turned away by the store manager, she promptly contacted Dollar General's human resources department to complain about the discrimination. After doing so, the store manager never contacted Mosley for an interview.

According to EEOC, such conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The EEOC first attempted to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process, but when that failed, a lawsuit was filed (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Dolgencorp, LLC d/b/a Dollar General) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. The federal agency is seeking back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for Mosley, as well as injunctive relief designed to prevent such discrim­ination in the future.

"Managers and owners cannot refuse to consider workers for open positions because of disabilities," EEOC Atlanta District Office Director Bernice Williams-Kimbrough said.

Dolgencorp LLC is a Kentucky corporation operating more than 12,000 Dollar General retail stores across the country.

"People have the right to be considered for employment, regardless of whatever disabilities they may have," Antonette Sewell, regional attorney for the Atlanta District Office added. "We want employers, especially large, national employers, to understand their duties under the law."

By enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, the EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace.

For more information about the EEOC, visit www.eeoc.gov.

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