EEOC files complaint against Dollar General

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a complaint against Dollar General, accusing the Goodlettsville-based retail giant of discriminating against blacks.

The EEOC, which also has filed a complaint against BMW for the same reason, brought the complaints under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and national origin as well as retaliation, after the agency and the two companies could not reach a settlement.

The complaints are related to, according to the EEOC, African-Americans suffering disproportionately from job losses due to criminal background checks.

Interestingly — and likely unrelated to the complaint as the EEOC story broke late this afternoon after the markets had closed — shares of Dollar General Corp. (Ticker: DG) finished trading today up $1.32 (2.62 percent).

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