A Dollar General subsidiary will pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged the manager of a Red Banks store in Marshall County subjected a female associate to sexual harassment.
The lawsuit alleged that the manager of a Dollar General store in Red Banks “subjected a female sales associate to unwanted sexually laced comments, text messages and gestures. Although other female employees had previously complained about the same manager, the harassment continued,” said a news release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“Dollar General continued to employ the manager for several months after the sales associate’s initial complaint,” the news release added.
Dolgencorp, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of retail chain Dollar General Corporation, will pay $70,000 and provide other relief to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit.
The EEOC filed the lawsuit in February 2017 in U.S. District Court in Oxford “after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process,” EEOC said in the release.
In addition to monetary relief, the consent decree approved by Judge Michael P. Mills also requires mandatory sexual harassment training to all employees, including the district manager, store manager and assistant store manager. There are also other requirements of the settlement such as annual training for the store manager, district manager, regional directors and human resource managers within the district of the Red Banks store.
“Employers who allow their supervisors or managers to subject their employees to sexually harassing behavior can expect that serious repercussions will follow,” said EEOC Regional Attorney Faye Williams.
Dollar General was not immediately available for comment.