Retail giant Dollar General faces a retaliation suit after it fired two workers from its store in Marion. The EEOC sued the chain on behalf of Samantha Day-Baker and Darla Householder. Day-Baker managed the Marion store and Householder was her assistant.
Before she was terminated, Day-Baker had filed asuit against the company. She suddenly found her work subjected to greater scrutiny. Then Dollar General fired her and Householder, allegedly for violating the company’s policies.
The two women claimed other employees who engaged in the same behavior were not fired.
Barring a settlement, the matter will go before a federal jury.
Note: Inconsistent enforcement of company rules raises red flags for EEOC investigators. Before deciding to terminate an employee, consider whether managerial bias might be the reason he or she was targeted for discipline.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Survive EEOC crackdown on background checks, leave policies
- Dos and don'ts for harassment complaints
- Team-Building Events: Fun is good; employee humiliation is bad
- Act fast to stop any workplace incident that smacks of racism or racial harassment