The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Dollar General alleging its use of criminal history in its hiring practices and decisions violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it had a disparate impact on some applicants. While continuing to deny the allegations, the company agreed to settle with a $6 million payment. Additionally, Dollar General agreed to hire a criminal history consultant to evaluate their policies and implement any recommendations within six months. Dollar General also agreed to increased managerial training, so that managers better understand how not to discourage those with criminal histories from applying for employment and to consider hiring those whose conditional employment offers were rescinded based on their criminal history.
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