The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday filed an age discrimination lawsuit in federal court against Dollar General store operator Dolgencorp LLC, in which a regional director harassed district executives in their 50s and called them "grumpy old men."  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Muskogee, Oklahoma, said the director also allegedly told district chiefs that he was building a "millennial team" and that they needed "young blood" in stores and threatened to hang them. with. with the "millennial team" or quit or get fired.
After one of the district chiefs stopped and reported the harassment, Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based company investigated the allegations but did not take effective action to stop the regional director's behavior, the EEOC said in a statement.
It said that the encouraged regional director then continued to harass the older workers under his supervision and fired two district managers who had told the company about his misconduct during the investigation. Another district chief was eventually forced to quit because of the constant harassment, the EEOC said.
The company is prosecuted for violating the law on age discrimination in employment.
A spokesman said in a statement that the company did not comment on pending. disputes.
Dolgencorp paid $ 6 million in 201