EEOC Sues Dollar General Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has accused the Dollar General Store in Bull Shoals of being a little bit like the testosterone-charged Sterling Cooper advertising agency in “Mad Men.”

The EEOC last week sued the Dollar General Corp. of Goodlettsville, Tenn., alleging that the former manager of its Bull Shoals location sexually harassed two of its employees.

The alleged sexual harassment started after Dollar General transferred Wayne Motes to Bull Shoals at the end of March 2010, according to the lawsuit.

Within weeks, he allegedly started making sexually charged comments to Nancy Bohl, a part-time sales associate, the EEOC said in the lawsuit.

“Mr. Motes continually stated he wanted to squeeze Ms. Bohl’s breasts,” the lawsuit said.

Bohl called the company’s corporate hotline to protest and complained to the assistant manager, but the company never investigated, the lawsuit said.

Another cashier, who wasn’t identified, said Motes sexually harassed her too. “Mr. Motes made comments about her rear end on a daily basis,” the lawsuit said.

The EEOC wants Dollar General to introduce and carry out policies and programs that provide equal employment for women and that “eradicate the effects of their past and present unlawful employment practices,” the lawsuit said.

It is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for the women.

A Dollar General spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call for comment. Motes no longer is the manager at the Bull Shoals location and couldn’t be reached for comment.