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Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Criminal History Discrimination

On January 28, 2020, Outten & Golden LLP and non-profit Youth Represent filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against Dollar Tree, Inc. (“Dollar Tree”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (“Family Dollar”), alleging that the company’s criminal background check policies and practices used to screen job applicants result in unlawful discrimination against African American and Latinx applicants in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The charge was filed on behalf of Ms. Thyra Doucet and similarly situated individuals.

Ms. Doucet alleges that she applied for a position as a Customer Service Representative at her neighborhood Family Dollar in Newark, New Jersey. Family Dollar made an offer of employment to Ms. Doucet and later rescinded the offer based on Ms. Doucet’s criminal history record.  Ms. Doucet’s criminal conviction is wholly unrelated to the job’s duties and stems from an incident that occurred almost seven years ago, when she was about 20 years old. Ms. Doucet also alleges that Family Dollar and Dollar Tree violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by revoking an offer of employment on account of race, color, and/or national origin because their criminal background check policies have a disparate impact on African-American and Latinx applicants and employees.

Applicants and employees who were denied employment or who were terminated from Dollar Tree or Family Tree because of their criminal records who wish to report their experiences or learn more about the lawsuit may contact us here or call 212-245-2175 or 212-245-2165 to speak with Nina Martinez or Christopher McNerney, attorneys at Outten & Golden LLP.

Outten & Golden is dedicated to representing employees to protect their rights against injustices in the workplace.  Our legal team is committed to advancing the rights of individuals with criminal records who seek gainful employment.

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