Dollar General faces new lawsuit

Dollar General faces new lawsuit

There are 973 comments on the Montgomery Advertiser story from Aug 11, 2006, titled Dollar General faces new lawsuit. In it, Montgomery Advertiser reports that:

A Montgomery law firm has filed a joint lawsuit in federal court, alleging that Dollar General stores intentionally misclassified its store managers as executives to avoid paying them overtime.

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workinggirl

Sullivan, MO

#21 Feb 8, 2007
I think that each store has it's own problems or lack of. I work in MO in a DG and I like my job. I worked for the government for several years and will probably go back to that one day. But for now I'm working for DG simply because I wanted to get out and back into circulation after a long bout with illness. I am lucky enough to have a fabulous manager in my store and we all get along and are a great team. The only complaint that I have is the apparent total lack of trust that DG has in it's employees.(Not my boss, but the company in general) Either they have had alot of things happen to make them distrustful, or they are just filled with greed and think everyone is out to steal from them. If things got to a point that I hated my job, I'd quit. It's minimum wage for heavens sake, and I'm used to making three times that much money. I wouldn't want to have to support my family on what I make at DG. I'm lucky enough to not have to do that. I feel really bad for the employees that are dependent on their job with DG for their living. No one could live on that wage, and it seems that companies would realize that they get in an employee what they pay for. People who are paid a decent wage are alot less likely to steal, and are more likely to give loyalty to a company. I was a bit stunned by the lack of trust. The government trusted me with alot more money than DG has come through the doors in a day, and I worked alone alot of the time. It hits me as ridiculous at times.
I hope that nothing really changes in our store as far as the chemistry between the employees. We are like family. I wish that the rest of you could find that kind of harmony in your stores. We are all for one and one for all. We take care of each others' children, get together when we can socially, and generally are a team. It's all women in our store at this time and there is no fighting or backstabbing. The minute that anything like that starts, I'll be gone to better things. For now, it's gotten me back out into the public and I enjoy my job. We don't have alot of stress, because we all make an effort to get along. Rumor has it that this store didn't used to be a happy place, but our manager has made it a happy place and I admire her. She isn't on a power trip because she's manager. There is one manager that is a bit on a trip, but I think that's just because she's very young. She has the potential to outgrow it and probably will. As for stress, it is nothing compared to the stress I've had at other jobs and other situations in my life. I don't see why it has to be so stressful. If management realizes that the employees are part of their team, and treat them as such, they won't breed themselves so much stress.
I'm really sorry for the people that have the rude managers. I don't know why people get on those power trips. They make their own lives harder. If you treat your employees the way that you would want to be treated, they will give their right arm for you. If you treat them like dirt, anything you ask of them they will given begrudgedly. Pure ignorance is what that is. I speak from experience, having been in management positions myself in the past. I know that if I had a manager like that, I'd tell her to kiss my ass. I wouldn't stay at a minimum paying job and work for a nonsense b**** like that.
ladyhawk

Manchester, KY

#22 Feb 15, 2007
i think any job is what you make of it.
workinggirl

Sullivan, MO

#23 Feb 17, 2007
I think that's true most of the time, unless you get a boss or coworkers that just have a horrible attitude. I'm lucky that all my coworkers are awesome and we work together. I've been in jobs where you had to deal with people that thought they were too special to do their job, or just were negative about everything and that can make your job so exhausting and NOT fun. I have to say, that for most of my working life, I've worked with good people and had a decent time. I have a positive upbeat attitude most of the time (ok, we all have bad days) so I get along with almost anyone, if they want to get along with me. When I was young I worked at a job in which one of the managers hated me on sight and it was rough, because she did everything in her power to make my life miserable. But I lasted through it and learned how to deal with things. Maybe it was good for me, because after her, I could cope with almost anything. lol
DGMANAGER

Douglasville, GA

#24 Mar 5, 2007
I WORK FOR DOLLAR GENERAL AND ENJOY IT VERY MUCH. TO THE ASSOCIATES ITS NOT DOLLAR GENERAL. ITS THE STORE YOUR IN OR THE EMPLOYEES YOU WORK WITH. GET A TRANSFER.... MANAGERS- GET A STRONG CREW- PAY AND TREAT THEM RIGHT AND YOUR JOBS A PIECE OF CAKE. DANG- HOW HARD CAN IT BE?IF ITS THE WORK YOU HAVE TO DO- HELLO YOU ARE AT WORK. SO WORK. CAN'T HANDLE IT GET A JOB ON YOUR BUTT TELEMARKETING.
former dg employee

United States

#25 Mar 9, 2007
To anybody that is on this board and thinking about hiring in at dollar general please take time to think twice, dollar general is not like any other workplace that you have ever worked for it is more like a prison. The managers have to work way to many hours to hard and are so under paid that it should be a crime, the managers and the employees are treated as thieves and they are the out clause for any issue in the store. I can tell you first hand that if you hire a a dollar general store you will have to give up any outside life that you may have managers are required to work 6 days a week and you have to put in long hard hours, the managers are not managers they are treated as bad and paid as bad as a sweat shop employee.
Any body that has went to a dollar general and looked at the store how dirty piled up or unorganized the store is please dont make the assumption that it is always due to a poor manager it is due to the fact that almost all managers have to work so much that they are exhausted and just get to the point of confusion to where they are so overwhelmed with what the dm or the regional want from them that they just give up. I know this first hand i am a former manager with them I was put into a store that had been negleted for years, the store was filthy piled up and a total junk hole, thru the past time i was able to get the sales floor cleaned up organized and unpiled with very little to no help, the stock room was worse thn the sales floor and it too had come a long way however it still was not enough you had to unload the trucks work the stock recover the store do planagrams run the register keep up with way to many charts all the shipping paperwork and the problems with the employees plus the problems with the building and even worse get you payroll cut to where there is not even enough hours in the day to have coverage in the stores.
the whole time this is going on you get to hear on a daily basis about how many of your underpaid overworked employees are stealing or sliding merchandise because they are not fast enough ring people out so if the cashier takes an extra second to help a customer and it messes up their scan time that to the main office says that the employee is either stealing or not being productive so that employee must be watched or termed due to the fact that they scan to slow.
I know that when people go into dollar general and have to wait inline that they become stressed out and angry but when it comes your turn at the check out dont blame the poor cashier its not their fault, instead realize that dollar general is so cheap that they wont even staff their store correctly.
former dg employee

United States

#26 Mar 9, 2007
To DG MANAGER,
Its sad that you defend such a poor run company.
I would say that you have very little managment outside of dollar general, if you did I think that you would know that being a manager consist more of being a manager and not free labor, you can get on hear and defend them all you want but take time to think about what all you have to do in a week and then tell me that you really are a manger and not just cheap labor take what you make and divide that by the hours you have to work, think about the next time you unload that truck or workout that rolltainer or have to set a planagram how many other managers at other companies are having to work as hard as you. Want a quick reality check take a good look at the end of the day at you tan pants and black shirt and your hands and compare that to your underpaid cashier and see who is the dirtiest of the two bet i know the answer if you answer honestly, then go take a good look at you office, charts, planner, planagrams, ez planners, your matrix schedules your TA sheets your backroom include your totes dont forget about your add on orders your adjustments your stock counts your recovery your huddle your stars your literacy amount your damages your fex area for pricing your alpha signs your ad signs (should I go on) see what I mean the job of what should be at least three people but I am sure that huge wage (hahaha) that Dollar General pays you makes it all worth while.
Another quichk check look at your paycheck stub see where it says 40 hours in how many days did it take you to get 40 about 4 right keep in mind you are required 6 wheres those other hours reported at.
How about on Saturday morning when you have to go key in payroll and the managers have to key in that they only worked 1 hour for the whole week seem a little crooked to you I know that it does to the wage and labor board.
Think real careful about what ive said and look at it thru open eyes.
GONE CRAZY

Apopka, FL

#27 Mar 12, 2007
I've been manager of dollar general for a very long time lets just say way more than 4yrs. My hours have been cut over half and these idiots think we can do the same work in half the time.There is something wrong with this picture.maybe the store does need to be taken over by KKR&Co. It's pretty sad when Dollar General can't even pay their own bills. Tired of harrassment already putting too many hrs as it is.LAWSUITE PENDING.HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
soon 2 be ex dg emp

Aurora, CO

#28 Mar 14, 2007
ladyhawk wrote:
No milo, im not brainwashed.im just a strong believer in devotion and dedication.Maybe your just not cut out for the job and should seek employment elsewhere. But as for me i have a great team and can honestly say my DM supports us 100%.
i agree with milo, stay at the dg and see how many times they stick it to you. i also BELIEVED in dedication to the job, especially since i enjoy working with the public but you know what, my store is one thats set to close, the dm had 2 other employees hired to "help" with the closing and it cut the girls that work in my store's hours from 25+ down to 15 you tell ME how i am supposed to support my family on that?? and does dg care??? my guess is HELL no. dg only cares about $$$$$$$ NOT dedicated employees or truthfully even their customers as they say that they are "customer driven" good luck in your store.
ZYX

Charleston, SC

#29 Mar 16, 2007
For those of you considering working at DG, please be careful. It's not an easy company to work for and a good number of the managers are mean as snakes. I strongly advise you to look deeper into the work in which you are about to pursue.
kudos to you

Aurora, CO

#30 Mar 18, 2007
former dg employee wrote:
To anybody that is on this board and thinking about hiring in at dollar general please take time to think twice, dollar general is not like any other workplace that you have ever worked for it is more like a prison. The managers have to work way to many hours to hard and are so under paid that it should be a crime, the managers and the employees are treated as thieves and they are the out clause for any issue in the store. I can tell you first hand that if you hire a a dollar general store you will have to give up any outside life that you may have managers are required to work 6 days a week and you have to put in long hard hours, the managers are not managers they are treated as bad and paid as bad as a sweat shop employee.
Any body that has went to a dollar general and looked at the store how dirty piled up or unorganized the store is please dont make the assumption that it is always due to a poor manager it is due to the fact that almost all managers have to work so much that they are exhausted and just get to the point of confusion to where they are so overwhelmed with what the dm or the regional want from them that they just give up. I know this first hand i am a former manager with them I was put into a store that had been negleted for years, the store was filthy piled up and a total junk hole, thru the past time i was able to get the sales floor cleaned up organized and unpiled with very little to no help, the stock room was worse thn the sales floor and it too had come a long way however it still was not enough you had to unload the trucks work the stock recover the store do planagrams run the register keep up with way to many charts all the shipping paperwork and the problems with the employees plus the problems with the building and even worse get you payroll cut to where there is not even enough hours in the day to have coverage in the stores.
the whole time this is going on you get to hear on a daily basis about how many of your underpaid overworked employees are stealing or sliding merchandise because they are not fast enough ring people out so if the cashier takes an extra second to help a customer and it messes up their scan time that to the main office says that the employee is either stealing or not being productive so that employee must be watched or termed due to the fact that they scan to slow.
I know that when people go into dollar general and have to wait inline that they become stressed out and angry but when it comes your turn at the check out dont blame the poor cashier its not their fault, instead realize that dollar general is so cheap that they wont even staff their store correctly.
i agree with you 150+% i have seen exactly this at my store, although were set to close, the store was severly mismanaged from the get go that it took over a month to get the store in order, where it should be including plano's, flex (which was put ANYWHERE in the store that it would fit in,) grossly overstocked due to the same as above DG expects you to owe them your LIFE just because they're paying you, they use you when they can but let the store get a slow spurt and theyre quick to cut your hours to none. i was promised close to 30 hours when i first started and this week i got 15 in two long days on the weekend (which btw i have asked for ONE weekend off and im still waiting from two possibly 3 months ago to have one) and i am off from mon. to sat. how in the hell am i supposed to manage my finances with hours like this?? at that rate i cant even afford gas to get to work even though i am less than 5 minutes away. i have worked for some crappy companies but this one tops the cake. btw i noticed a few of my postings have been deleted, is big brother watching or what??
phazex

United States

#31 Mar 20, 2007
former dg employee wrote:
To anybody that is on this board and thinking about hiring in at dollar general please take time to think twice, dollar general is not like any other workplace that you have ever worked for it is more like a prison......
Any body that has went to a dollar general and looked at the store how dirty piled up or unorganized the store is please dont make the assumption that it is always due to a poor manager it is due to the fact that almost all managers have to work so much that they are exhausted and just get to the point of confusion to where they are so overwhelmed with what the dm or the regional want from them that they just give up. I know this first hand i am a former manager with them I was put into a store that had been negleted for years, the store was filthy piled up and a total junk hole, thru the past time i was able to get the sales floor cleaned up organized and unpiled with very little to no help, the stock room was worse thn the sales floor and it too had come a long way however it still was not enough you had to unload the trucks work the stock recover the store do planagrams run the register keep up with way to many charts all the shipping paperwork and the problems with the employees plus the problems with the building and even worse get you payroll cut to where there is not even enough hours in the day to have coverage in the stores.
the whole time this is going on you get to hear on a daily basis about how many of your underpaid overworked employees are stealing or sliding merchandise because they are not fast enough ring people out so if the cashier takes an extra second to help a customer and it messes up their scan time that to the main office says that the employee is either stealing or not being productive so that employee must be watched or termed due to the fact that they scan to slow.
I know that when people go into dollar general and have to wait inline that they become stressed out and angry but when it comes your turn at the check out dont blame the poor cashier its not their fault, instead realize that dollar general is so cheap that they wont even staff their store correctly.
To any wishing to become part of the Dollar General club, take "former dg employee"'s words to heart because they are 100% true. If you have part-time employee who is fortunate to have gotten into one of these so called "perfect" stores, then I'd say you're lucky. If you're hired in a store manager, don't expect to work 40 hours, because that's a dream, and more likely you'll work ATLEAST 50 hours. Also, due to the Ez-store scheduling you may even spend several stores in the store by yourself, but what does this mean for you? Your shrink will go through the roof, you'll have to deal with aggravated customers who just stayed in line for the last 10 minutes, and more importantly... you won't get anything done. The result is a worn down manager who is ready to turn in their keys after 6 months to 1 year.

What do I know, I've just been with DG for the past two years, and I've seen how DG chews up its employees and spits them out without a second thought with its low wages, poor hours for part-time employees, and sometimes substandard working conditions.

We're not all complaining, but rather telling others what to expect so they don't make the same mistakes we've made.
former dg employee

United States

#32 Mar 20, 2007
Well guys I can tell you one thing it sure has been great not having to put up with DG over the past couple of weeks I feel as though I have a whole new lease on life, it is great not to have to try to do all that bulls--t that they want done.
I wonder how many of the people that work for DG mainly the managers are so scared to leave because they dont feel as though they wont be able to make it out there that is not being said disrespectful but I know first hand that when you are with a company for a while that the thought of leaving is really scary.
Something that really helped me to make my mind up about leaving is that we had a meeting and all the managers from my district had to attend and again this is not meant in anyway to disrespect the managers because I know how hard you have had to work just to keep up. I looked around the room and looked at all the manager that I had worked with and liked all but just a couple and when I looked at the managers they looked so tired dark under the eyes many had lost alot of weight and many looked so stressed that they could have a heart attack about any time and lets be honest how many of you managers eat right get enough sleep and are able to leave all the stress at work and not take it home with you. I looked around the room at all these overworked underpaid mangers and felt sorry for how much stress they were under and for the way the company has treated them, then I got up walked to the restroom and looked in the mirror and it hit me like a ton of bricks I have the same dark circles the same feeling of over whelmed and what feels like a ton of stress, so guess what I quit, I know this sounds alot like self pity and alot of ramblings on but guys just be cautious not to let DG drive you to an early grave because they sure will give you enough stress to do it.
If you have to be there try not to take it so serious and make sure that you dont let the DM run over top of you there is life outside of DG.
get over it

Rice Lake, WI

#33 Mar 26, 2007
I am a manager for dg and have very minimal problems. I am not an idiot nor uneducated however the neglected store I took over is doing quite well right now and my employees are not treated like dogs. I do not know what management roles that any of you all have been in before if you even have but 48 hours a week is pretty standard for any salary position. Oh yeah, thats right. Maybe if you spent more time cleaning your work environment than bitching because you yourself are a failure yet do not take responsibility than maybe you could see things from my point of view.
heyhey

United States

#34 Mar 27, 2007
why don't we all just quit because of something! quit all your complaining and be glad your not in iraq!!!!!
Jeni

United States

#35 Mar 28, 2007
get over it wrote:
I am a manager for dg and have very minimal problems. I am not an idiot nor uneducated however the neglected store I took over is doing quite well right now and my employees are not treated like dogs. I do not know what management roles that any of you all have been in before if you even have but 48 hours a week is pretty standard for any salary position. Oh yeah, thats right. Maybe if you spent more time cleaning your work environment than bitching because you yourself are a failure yet do not take responsibility than maybe you could see things from my point of view.
48 hours? thats funny! No salary employee gets by with that at DG. No one here for you to be kissing up to, so save it for your dm.
Jeni

United States

#36 Mar 28, 2007
heyhey wrote:
why don't we all just quit because of something! quit all your complaining and be glad your not in iraq!!!!!
Only thing worse that I could think of.
soon 2 be ex dg emp

Aurora, CO

#37 Mar 30, 2007
get over it wrote:
I am a manager for dg and have very minimal problems. I am not an idiot nor uneducated however the neglected store I took over is doing quite well right now and my employees are not treated like dogs. I do not know what management roles that any of you all have been in before if you even have but 48 hours a week is pretty standard for any salary position. Oh yeah, thats right. Maybe if you spent more time cleaning your work environment than bitching because you yourself are a failure yet do not take responsibility than maybe you could see things from my point of view.

I spend at least 2 hours or more a night when i close, when i get hours that is, CLEANING up after slobs that come shopping in our store, BITCHING hell yea, and no I am not a FAILURE, you must have slobs if your the one BITCHING about cleaning your work enviornment. And as for DG mgmt, my store is a joke, i could go into more detail but since it will be closing soon whats the point. And no before you start crap, my store was set to close i guess months before i got there and no its not my fault, i am one of the reasons that people have come in the store, i am pleasant no matter what, always CLEAN and PRESENTABLE, and enjoy my work just not the company. Hope your 48 hour week (when I am sure your only getting paid for 40) is a blast. ha ha ha
gail NORTH CAROLINA

AOL

#38 Apr 3, 2007
I wished i had read this before i took a job at DG I WOULD HAVE RUNNED THE OTHER WAY I STARTED PARTTIME AND WAS TOLD I WAS FULLTIME TILL HOURS GOT CUT BACK NOW ITS 24 HRS A WEEK AND THEY STILL GET 40 HOURS OF WORK DURING THOSE 24 HRS OR YOU ARE WRITTEN UP AND I BEEN IN MANAGEMENT FOR 37 YEARS AND I COULD NOT BELEIVE THE CASH HANDLING POLICY.ANYWAY I WALKED OUT YESTERDAY IM SO STRESSED FROM THAT JOB I MAY NEVER WORK AGAIN.
milo mudge

AOL

#39 Apr 5, 2007
heyhey wrote:
why don't we all just quit because of something! quit all your complaining and be glad your not in iraq!!!!!
BOY AM I GLAD GUNS WEREN'T PART OF THE D-G UNIFORM..."IF I HAD A ROCKET LAUNCHER...
SOMEONE WOULD SURELY PAY"...BRUCE COCKBURN

“HEY YA'LL”

Since: Apr 07

Wetumpka , AL

#40 Apr 5, 2007
Here is an idea....If you don't like working there , change jobs . And to all the people who manage these stores...clean them up,and rearrange them so people can walk through them , btw , when the store is nasty and disorganized good customers won't shop there!!!!!
Around here the Dollar Tree stores are better kept than the DG stores.

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