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$8.3M General Dollar Unpaid Overtime Class Action Settlement Reached

This is a settlement for the Dollar General Store Faces Unpaid Wages Class Action Lawsuit lawsuit.

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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.

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I was employed as a Store Manager at Dollar General from December 8th 2016-October 15 2018. I never worked under 80-90 hours a week and the most hours worked in a week was 148 hours. I stayed exhausted, stressed and never saw my children. When I turned in my 2 week advanced notice of my Resignation I was at stroke and heart attack level with blood pressure and stress. My doctor even freaked about my blood pressure due to the fact that mine always ran so low, that particular day I made myself take long enough break to go to see my Doctor, I had not been in so long because I never had time to go, I was always at work. They did ekg said it was ok but for me to keep a check on my blood pressure. I figured after I resigned and left everything would go back to normal but it did not. My memory is still not good and still have health issues due to working for Dollar General. It took me 3 months to get adjusted to seeing my own children. That's no life for anyone. To this day talking about how much I missed out on while I was manager still gets me upset or angry. It's not fair. I could say a lot more but I dont know that it would do any good for me. I have documents, text messages, recorded phone calls and would have actual video footage of all the overnight stays working but after I submit my resignation all CCTV recordings were gone up to the month prior my resignation.

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I was an assistant manager and did the job of a regular associate all the time, even worked during my lunch and breaks, stocked shelves, ran register never did much as an assistant manager. How do I get in on this law suit and how long does it take to get my money.

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I worked for store#3289 from 2015-2017 key holder than
Assistant manager worked over 3 months without store
I was forced to be store manager without title and pay even after the new store mangers came and left

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I had a really bad experience with dollar general. I was a 3rd key holder, relocated from one store to one closer to my house. Not knowing all HELL was going to break loose. I was the only black female working there, and one black gay male.I was lied on I had to do majority of the work still not really paying attention what was going on. As soon as i mentioned it.I knew it was a problem. I've notice before I transferred they never kept the black people that they hired only the gay guy .So when I once I've notice how I was being treated I said something. To make a long story short my schedule was tampered with. I even call the dm and told her nothing was done I was written up for no reason and Got fired for not signing a lie that was written up about me called the dm nothing was done .So yes I was discriminated against for my race by dg.

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I have worked for Dollar General since February 2018,i have been a keyholder for most of my employment.its very hard to keep employees because we dont get enoigh hours to split between all of us and the pay is not good as it is so only getting 15-20 hours nobody can live off of that.we are only allowed two employees per shift,but are always there atleast 2 if not 3 hours by yourself and if one of those 2 call in more than likely youre stuck by yourself having to run register,stock shelves and do all the daily tasks by yourself,with NO BREAK and ive done it way too many times!!speaking of breaks as a keyholder when you are clocked out on break and youre there with a cashier youre not allowed to leave to go get food or anything,you have to stay there in case the cashier needs anything,without being paid!!even if you "meal end" to help a cashier on your break if youre not "meal end" for more than 7 minutes youre not getting paid for it bc the 7 minute window span and were forced to be clocked out for atleast an hour,sometimes longer if the store is over hours..i have never had a break where i was not interrupted,again not getting paid.on night shift if it takes the manager longer than 15 to close the cashier has to clock out and wait until the manager is finished and they cannot leave until the store is closed and the alarm is set,and sometimes it can take up to an hour to close if there are any problems with the tils etc...our equipment is so old and outdated nothing ever works most of the time.Going to the bank,we have to get change and take the deposit every day,if theres two mod one goes on their break,if theres only one the mod for day shift has to go after their relief shows up..NOT GETTING PAID!if the deposit is left in the safe its a write up.my store manager was put on medical leave,my DM didnt trust our assistant to be able t to handle the work so she put me in charge,i was doing my keyholder job plus store manager job and only got my keyholder pay.i have more...so ill be back!!

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I worked at Dollar general from 2015 until 2016 when my mom died. I came back to work after my mom funeral and they fired me. They fired me for no reason too. I was a assistant manager only making $8.75. When their was another assistant manager making $10.00/hr. My manager would have us come in before store hours and push freight, or even after the store was closed. Sometimes I would work from open to close because of employees not showing up. There were times my manager had me doing her work because she loved to push freight so much. I would make schedules, do planograms, and more. I would always ask why I work so hard for a lil of pay. I couldn’t quit because at the time my had got sick and I had to take care of her, her small three kids, along with my twin girls. So I had to tough it out. Somebody help me

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I worked as a General Manager for the DG working so much overtime and only being paid salary that didn't even come close to minimum wage due to all the hours I put in..
How do I get compensated through this lawsui?

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I worked for dollar general between the years of 1991 and 95 I started out as a cashier and became assistant manager. I worked the cash register, unloaded the truck and stocked that shelves along with doing paper work and making deposits.

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I work at dg and family dollar was assistant manager at family dollar frm 2017 to 2018 and only getting paid 9.00 a hour I open and close store and unload truck ran register as well .I also work fa dg fa frm 2012 to 2014 was making 7.25 whole time

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I started at Dollar General in 2007. I worked every day sometimes open to close. I didn’t hear about this lawsuit. How do I get involved?

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I worked dg from Aug.6 2014 and quit march 7th 2017 due to I was a key holder last key holder and did all the job of a full time manger and only was making $8.20 an hour but was only getting 11 hrs. I kept.asking for a raise plus a full time employee yet they would always say in two weeks but nevertheless nothing ever happen then I wrote a letter to get my job back I even said it was all my fault but again no responed to the letter either. I also was the closest to the store and on one day the police called me to tell me if I didn't come in they was going to close the store for the employee that was working pass out .and a customer is the one to tell the officers that I was a employee so I went up and kept.the doors open til close. I got fid up working full time when I was only part time and they had my title as lead parttimer.yet I would take the depoist to the bank many times and I really like the job just not the company that, make you work on and on just to get their stuff done.there were days when they never gave me a break or tell me I really need to stay to work a double shifts. I would for needed the money but everytime I wanted something from them and raise or change my title they cut my hours . also we went thur 5 mangers in two months then I had a three hour shift to do and I wasn't clocked in when I quit. Then I was going to get it back but someone has put not rehiredabl. I was a good employee. I feel I was treated like crap and yes I did do it wrong yet the kept lying to me in my face many times I worked off the clock to unload the truck in time they needed to be done.. I was going to try again yet I decided no due to I knowthey won't.still don't understand that I

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I was hired as a store manager for DG in Jan 2000. I can not begin to explain the hours, unreasonable tasks,years without vacation time off and so on.. When I left the company in October 2017 I was working 7 days a week and 125 a week
The DM removed everyone from my schedule except me. I worked from July 23, 2017 to Oct 11, 2017 without a day off. I never received info on this lawsuit but other managers did. Is it to late to be involved

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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?

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Been waiting for this lawsuit every since 2012. Do anyone know when they going to pay out.

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MY MONEY HAS NOT BEEN SENT SINCE THE SETTLEMENT I WAS A STORE MANAGER

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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how do i check my ckaim status

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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

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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.

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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?

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Work as a manager for 8 years would love to know more about this suit? I was never notified of this suit

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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

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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!!

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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?

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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I would be in on this one

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I wok about 55-65 hours a week

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I say we get another lawsuit going against them.

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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?

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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!

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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!

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I didn't know there was a lawsuit against dollar general

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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I used to work for Dollar General and was working 100 hours weekly almost all the time do I qualify for this

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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.

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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.

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Just need to know if I can be a part of the law sue?

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Payout was in January/February of 2015. Case is now closed.

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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

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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.

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Money not sent last time I heard the case had been settled. Haven't heard anything yet.

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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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