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EEOC: First Round Victory Against Dollar General

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently received approval to move forward with a discrimination lawsuit against Dollar General from 2013.

The EEOC claims that Dollar General’s hiring policy based on a job candidate’s criminal history has a disproportionately negative impact on black applicants.  Dollar General’s defense was that the lawsuit moved ahead before it had a chance to improve its hiring policies.

The U.S. District Judge, Andrea Wood, allowed the case to move forward, but her decision does not guarantee an ultimate victory for the EEOC.  The EEOC maintains that all company background check policies should include a formal procedure for how to handle job applicants who fail their background checks to ensure the policy is fair to all candidates.