Los Angeles, CA: An $8.3 million settlement agreement has been approved by a federal judge in Alabama, potentially ending an unpaid overtime class action lawsuit pending against Dollar General. The lawsuit alleged the discount retailer failed to properly pay store managers for overtime, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The lawsuit date back to 2006.
Specific allegations against Dollar General and its subsidiaries and sister companies, are that they required the store managers to work as much as 90 hours per week and misclassified them a exempt from overtime, even though they generally spent less than 10 hours weekly performing managerial duties. The settlement will cover some 2,722 individual claims.
According to the complaint, most of the store managers' work hours involved non-managerial tasks such as operating cash registers. As a result, Dollar General allegedly short-changed the employees on overtime pay, according to the suit. Dollar General denied that it had misclassified the workers.
U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler granted approval of the settlement stating "The court finds that: the amended settlement agreement is fair; it reflects reasonable compromises of issues actually in dispute; the settlement was reached in an adversarial context in which the plaintiffs were represented by competent and experienced counsel; and the totality of the proposed settlement is fair and reasonable."
The case is Richter v. Dolgencorp Inc. et al., case number 7:06-cv-01537, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
How do you qualify for this. I been discriminated against and all kinds of stuff with a year. Pay was for 49 hours never worked less than 65 with no lunch ever. I need help also with the other issues I face. I can’t get unemployment district manager says I have 2 week notice and sent in to office nothing my separation papers are blank and told unemployment office I was terminated. She was involved in some other serious things involving slander,discrimination and hippa violations among retaliation after I told her I talked to labor board and other organizations
Posted by Sonia Medeiros
I am currently still employed with dollar general .I have worked as a cashier to a store manager since 2010.I have been a great employee for them I work 60 hours a week on a salary that is barely enough to live on. It is very true that as an hourly manager you get an unpaid hour lunch and are not allowed to leave and it's states it as uninterrupted lunch but that is completely false. You can't even leave the building because you are constantly being called or need to help a cashier. You are the only one left with keys in the store and can't actually go eat where you want. Your breaks are interrupted as well. They work you to the bone completely and all they care about is the customer returning to make more in sales. You are allotted less hours then it takes to run a store so you often run it alone. I hope this company gets sued and can no longer put people in this position.
Posted by Annmarie
I had a manager that would come in and just take anyone off the schedule . On my day off she called and asked for the keys due to I was third key and worked on and off from 1999 to 2015 and never had no problem with any manager. Well I tried to transfer is was told no I left to week notice that manager text my cell phone the next day acted like it was the dm manager and wanted the keys I brought the keys up and she took them than placed me never to be rehired well first off dollar general will not tell me what she lied on me about . Dollar general better straighten up before they lose all due to way they doing employees this happen in Kentucky and im seriously thinking of getting a lawyer on it due to im in medical field in college and I cant afford what every lies that the crazy manger told on me . I never in all the years was late or did nothing wrong I even pulled from open to close due to she was getting rid of workers than got rid of me hired her friends well 3 years I been fighting to get my name cleared from false lies and her abuse due to her mouth so if dollar general does not contact me I will contact a lawyer also I heard today by manager in another DM said it looks bad for me he wouldn't hire me so it looks like I will be take care of it the legal way
Posted by Pedro Cortez
I also work Dollar general as store manager and I can relate to the long hours and workload with no payroll it's ridicoulos if not a strong person u will fail they expect the miracles from u and no excuses they will take your soul from you they do not complain when u work 80 hours a week but god forbid u call off or get sick they are all over you they forget your sick cause of the long hours
Posted by DEANNA Driggers
I worked for dollar general from Jan 2018 until April 2018 when they fired me cause they said I had a company violation for taking a drug test for assist manger cause the DM said he never told me to take the test. Not only did I work off the clock while on break. He also has us lie to get the store to pass and still hasn't paid me for all the time I worked off the clock. Don't understand I worked 50 hour weeks and would only get paid for 40.
Posted by Kimberly varner
I was a store manager at Dollar general. They worked us to exhaustion and wanted more. I was putting in 100 hrs a week . When I reached out to the higher ups about illegal issues with the store I was told to suck it up. When I fired someone for coming to work drunk I was told to rehire them. When I fired two pepliple for leaving my safe open all night with deposits in it . I was once again told to hire them back. When I told them I needed better anti theft devices I was told for over a year they are working on it. ( Yet it was my fault shrink was so high) .. I got very little help. I finally put in my two weeks notice after 9 months of pure hell! Then they denied my unemployment... Can y'all help me get my year of unemployment?
Posted by James Williams
Been waiting for this lawsuit every since 2012. Do anyone know when they going to pay out.
Posted by TAMMIE MARTIN
MY MONEY HAS NOT BEEN SENT SINCE THE SETTLEMENT I WAS A STORE MANAGER
Posted by Cathy stinchcomb
I worked 60 to 80 hours a week no help no overtime only 40 hours pay something needs to be done. I been working this for 16 months
Posted by Diane Mickle
I was also a store manager and for 3 months I asked my Dm for help I was egnored.I would work 15 hours by myself no bathroom break. I was working 110 to 115 hrs a week i was told I could not leave untill the job was done. My Dm came done and Fired me and my employees.
Posted by Erica Dunlap
As a key carrier I was required to open a register off of the clock on my lunch perform voids and returns even check in vendors
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I say we get another lawsuit against them. They make u work outrageous hours for the same pay no hours to bring a cashier in. I worked for the company for 13 years and was let go for something I didn't do. I had to work 7 days a week most days till 12 1 o'clock by myself because of no payroll hours. Averaging 70 to 90 hours a week and god forbid ask for help or payroll hours u were shot down. This company sucks and I hope another lawsuit get put against them cause they deserve it. They treat their employees like shit. I am in if they start another one. I could get a lot of people in trouble being with the company for so long I've seen a lot and heard a lot. A lot of people would lose their jobs after I opened my mouth
Posted by Carla D Evans
I know that I am qualified for a lot from them. I use to work for that company in that time frame and I was treated unfairly. I came to work faithfully on time always early before opening hours. I've worked for six months without a pay from them and l asked my managers why is this and they gave me a run around lies they sent time in every week and no check at all and I was at a very hardship a Single mom of 5 children a grandmother as well. My lights got turned off and rent had to paid too. I had to apply for assistant to get some help for me and my family. I have a lot to say about the company and so much more to the complaints also a story to tell and it goes for Walmart too and so on. A dedicated employee gets miss treated.
Posted by alonzo white
how do i check my ckaim status
Posted by Christina Payne
I worked for dollar general from 2013 thru 2016 i was a keyholder dollar general didnt allow us breaks we had to work thru our lunch breaks and the managers were only allowed so many hour per week for employees when they turned time in they shaved off hours we had already worked to keep from going over their bugdeted hours i asked our district manager about it he said he would investigate it however a year later i havent heard anything back from him or a investigation
Posted by Cheryl donelson
Manager from december 2009 to April 2017 what do i need to do.
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I worked dollar general from 2014 to 2016 in Texas and I would notice I would work overtime but never got the money. Please help me. They always said we could not go over the tine, then come back ask me to work but it didnt show up in my checks.
Posted by Shawnda Hussman Rios
I worked for Dollar General from September 1999 to November 2002, I worked an average of 65 to 75 hours a week EASILY. I worked in and out of my store, I was shipped around the district to work in other stores cleaning them up and also doing invintory's. Wherever they needed help I would go, weather it be 22 miles from my home store or 72 miles. I was paid salary so to them it didnt matter how many hours they worked me. I never seen my children, they grew up fast without me. I went through many of babysitters for my then 2 year old and 7 year old. After the first year I was lucky to have my family step up and in to be the babysitter. I missed birthdays and holidays and even school programs because I was always working.I remember filling out a thick packet of papers for a law suit where Dollar General was accused of owing us Managers overtime payAfter a few years I never heard of the outcome, I used toget updates but it seems like they just stopped coming. HOW DO I find out the outcome?
Posted by Tamara
Work as a manager for 8 years would love to know more about this suit? I was never notified of this suit
Posted by Rebecca Beaver
I'm a previous assistant store manager for Dollar General anyone interested in joining a lawsuit against this company for unpaid wages should check out dollargeneralofftheclock.com we need to stand up to this company for the way that they treat their employees best of luck to everyone
Posted by Rebecca Rushing Beaver
Hi Everyone I've seen lots of comments about dollar general I to was a former employee of there's as an ASM and was required to work during my clocked out meal breaks not allowed to leave the premises during meal break, clocking out at the end of day for end of day reports but not being paid for the time to run the reports, and other off the clock work required by this company. All of us should check out DGEmployeez on Facebook for other information about this company and comments!!
Posted by Kelly
I was an ASM for DG for over a year. Our store manger was fired and i was handed the keys to the store and told to take over until they found a manager. I worked 100+ hours a week half of which was off the clock because there was only 3 employees counting myself and no one else could open or close the store. Once I finally hired a few people they moved me to another store in the mornings to open because they didn't have a manager and then I closed at my store at night. I was literally running 2 stores. Our store was a disaster after the SM was fired. It took me nearly 2 months to put it back together and after they finally found a manager she ended up being terrible and said she didn't want any of the previous staff . she found a way to get rid of all three of us. This is by far the worst company I have ever worked for. No one will back you up .They care nothing about their employees and will throw anyone under the bus to save themselves. What can I do?
Posted by Jennifer Burley
I am also a former manager of Dollar General and was never contacted about the class action lawsuit case number 706 - CV 01537 I was also required to work non-managerial duties in the average of 70-90 hours a week and sometimes more hours a week without compensation. I would like to know what I need to do to also start a lawsuit against them for compensation of pay that I did not receive.
Posted by Jack
I'm a current store manager, and I have never worked over 50 hours a week, and this is xmas time. I usually can work around 45 hours a week. If you can get the truck out by the second truck day, there is no reason to be doing truck all week, or to be working extra hours. But I must say, the low salary isn't worth all the work required of the job, and definitely needs to be increased if they want me to stay much longer
Posted by Timothy VanVekoven
I have worked overtime for the Dollar General Stores in the Mcalester and Krebs, Oklahoma .areas between the times of 2006 and 2010. And did not receive a settelment, I was unable to file any kind of claim aginst this action due to the payment system used at this time period. If I am still needed to provide proof of employment between these time periods you can refer to thier employment records and you will find my name, that is if they haven't discarded my records due to a time lapse resulting from some sort of holding policy.
Posted by Darla Williams
Wow, is all I can say, you people must have terrible DMs. I feel bad for you guys, my
DM is awesome, she is always there if I have a question and she shows me how to train my employees properly because she says I shouldn't be working over 50 hours, but to give my employees more responsibilities. She always has my back. I've been with DG for four years and I plan to retire from here hopefully.
Posted by Sherri
I would be in on this one
Posted by Melissa McLeod
I wok about 55-65 hours a week
Posted by Joseph Vergnaud
I say we get another lawsuit going against them.
Posted by Tammi Ledford
I worked between 60 to 70 hrs a week 99% of my time was on a cash register, stocking or resetting shelves They cut labor hours so low. I hand no choice but to do manual labor all day every day! I was fired while on FMLA. Also, I injured my knee while working there and they claimed it was a preexisting condition and did not repair the damage to my knee, they are self insured! What can I do?
Posted by Catherine Sears
My husband deserved to be included in this lawsuit! He managed three of their stores from 2007 to 2009. Two of them at one time, for a while! We were dating at the time and I told him that he should quit because as a manager he was salary and his paychecks never changed. I divided the number of hours he was working each week into his paycheck and he was actually working for $5 an hour! That wasn't even minimum wage! I told him that wasn't even legal I didn't think. If they paid these other managers back pay that was deserved, my husband deserves it too! Can someone help us with this? Please!
Posted by Tracy Merrick
On Sept. 11, 2012 I suffered a nervous breakdown and a few days later tried to commit suicide because of the hours I worked as a manager at Dollar General. 80-100 hours every pay period. Maybe 1 or 2 days off a month. And heaven forbid there was a death in the family! I was told to get over my 9 month old nephew dying on the exact day thst he died!! District managers are evil, power hunger, degrading people who get away with treating store managers like slaves and heaven forbid you report how they treat you to upper managemen!! Retaliation is not only allowed, I personally think it is recommended by many Regional Managers!! Dollar General does not care about how hard their employees work nor the sacrafices that so many make for them. I have over 1500 pages of my mental health diagnosis along with the treatment that I have received and still do for what happened to me that September morning!
Posted by Fontella Wall
I didn't know there was a lawsuit against dollar general
Posted by Tammy
I am a store manager at Dollar General as well. Never until today heard anything about this lawsuit. I too work endless hours at my store. I work 60 to 80 hours a week. What I don't understand is how this company still gets away with making managers work these massive hours. They were already sued once and apparently didn't learn a lesson. Why isn't the labor board not checking this making sure Dollar General is following the labor laws. Every time I turn around they constantly cut hours from the budget and therefore the only person to work is the manager. It's either that or people have to work alone even more which is a major safety and security issue.
Posted by Judy
I worked for dollar general about 9 years working 60 70 hours or whatever it took still didn't get it all done after being injured I was fired I can go on and on and on how does this company get away with mistreating so many people
Posted by Sharon
I worked for Dollar General for 25 years. I worked 7 days s week. Corporate never gave enough payroll for managers to work just the required 48 hours. They gave you so much to do that a person could never accomplish it all on the money they gave ypu to run your store and what you did was never enough. I lived at my store. I have MS and asked my DM to get the air conditioner turned down s couple degrees because the heat aggravated my condition and was told they couldn't do that and I could take FMLA leave for the summer now that's s company that cares nothing about they're employees. I finally hsd to leave my job Msrch 2016 and go on disability because the stress of trying to do it all working 60-80 hours a week made my MS progress from RRMS to SPMS I would like to be part of any class action lawsuit they have against them.
Posted by Karen Kelly
My daughter was fired today from DG. She was a store manager. I have never seen her work so hard in her life, putting in over 60 hours a week, mostly unpaid on her own time to bring her store to a top performing store in her region. She loved her job, and it showed. She had to put up with militant leaders who constantly criticized, but I encouraged her to be professional, and do what is right. I really believed these type of leaders would be exposed. They are not, because this type of leadership is rewarded in this organization.
Today she thought she was having an executive visit, so she stayed in the store until 2am getting ready, got up at 5 am to prepare, she was so proud of her store. Instead, the uneducated, arrogant, toxic leader was coming in to fire her. His allegations are unsubstantiated, and he could offer no evidence.
I am appalled. I am a masters prepared leader of over 200 employees in a large corporation. Where do they get these district managers? It is obvious they have not received training applicable in today's world. I have encouraged her, and will help her expose this barbaric company.
Posted by Roxanne Taylor
I am a DG store manager. I have been at my store for almost a year and a half. Last summer I had to work 48 days straight cause we had no staff. Is happening again now, I'm going on day 14 without time off and I don't want to go to 48 again. I injured myself the other day, cut my hand and was told to not use my left hand for 3 days. Couldn't follow that doctors order cause I have no staff so worked anyway and the injury is now not healing My DM was informed of the doctors order, and her response was, "glad you're okay" . I work most weeks 60-70 hours mostly 10-12 hour days. This is plain ridiculous. What recourse do I have?
Posted by Shawn R Reges
I used to work for Dollar General and was working 100 hours weekly almost all the time do I qualify for this
Posted by Roger MCCloud
How do i get in on this law suit i was working 7 days a week as a store manager and i had to throw freight do more retail stuff on the floor than i could a lot of times i would have to work alone in the store leaving me to do everything.
Posted by Jenny
I would love to know if I qualified for this suit. I was a store manager till 1/29/2016 I worked well over 50 hours a week and for a while I was working 107 hours a week.
Posted by Mary A Wilson
Just need to know if I can be a part of the law sue?
Posted by james
Payout was in January/February of 2015. Case is now closed.
Posted by Gina valentino
I was an assistant manager at loveland-madeira road,I as well would be in the store alone,even on truck days,had to unload truck and wait on customers,also had to clock out for lunch,but still work.I believe I am entitled to some money,my coworker Melissa received some and I worked several hours a week! My dates range from2008-2010 I believe? I'm sure u can look that up
Posted by Angelia Bates
I have never heard of this lawsuit. I was expected to work 60-70 hours a week by my DM. I opened the store five days a week without a cashier or anyone until 12:00 pm and one day a week until 3:00 pm.I was on the floor more hours than in the office doing manager jobs. I worked in the office maybe ten hours a week and that was to make the schedules, take in vendors, do the paperwork for these vendors, to plan for weekly freight, do deposits, and to do duties for opening or closing the store. This in includes doing on hand adjustments, ordering, and stock counts that had to be done weekly.
Posted by Amy loeffelholz
Money not sent last time I heard the case had been settled. Haven't heard anything yet.
Posted by Sheila Schrul
My money has not been sent the last time I heard the case had Been. Settlement but I haven't heard anything else
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