Dollar General sued by former manager

Overtime has long been a point of contention for those in a manager, assistant manager or management trainee position, especially in the fast food and retail industries.

Many lawsuits have complained that, despite their management titles, these employees are working 50+ hours a week, primarily doing the tasks of regular hourly employees. Their title is cited by such employers as the reason they are not paid overtime once they exceed 40 hours weekly.

Under the federal labor law, employees may be exempt from overtime pay provided their primary duties include:

  • Managing the enterprise;
  • They earn a minimum of $455 weekly;
  • They regularly direct the work of at least two or more other full-time employees; AND
  • They have the authority to hire and fire other employees.

A former manager recently brought a lawsuit against an Alabama-based Dollar General. She alleges she routinely worked in excess of 90 hours weekly while primarily performing duties as a cashier, stocking inventory and seeing to the store’s custodial needs, which included cleaning bathrooms and taking out the trash. She also cited harsh and, at times, unsafe working conditions.
If you are currently, or were at one time, an employee of Dollar General (or any other company) and were exempted from overtime, in spite of working longer than 40 hours a week, you may be eligible to compensation.

Please give us a call at (833) 259-1566 to discuss
your rights and your options.


  1. Keith Leonard on December 10, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I am currently a store manager at Dollar general and spend over 70 percent of my time stocking and ringing. This is the standard due to sparce payroll budgets. My weekly expectation of hours worked is 6 days at least 48 hours per week. They state we get an hour lunch each shift which is not feasible due once again to inadequate payroll budgets.

    • Keith Leonard on December 10, 2017 at 3:15 am

      To be honest for an additional 80hrs per week of payroll(literally 720 dollars) my store would be able to convey the branding they strive for. Not to mention increase profit margin by actually being able to appease the customer by having better instocks and a more visibly pleasant shopping experience.

  2. Tina Guzik on December 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I was a manager from September of 2006 to December of 2013. I was required to work 46 to 50 hours a week, sometimes more, doing whatever needed to be done. I’ve been a manager, plumber, electrician, janitor, nurse….Whatever the day called for. We were allowed NO sick days, so if a keyholder had to cover me for a day or 2, or anyone called off, I was expected to make up those hours! I have called this number twice and had to leave messages, but I’ve gotten no return call.

  3. Jamie Whited on January 2, 2018 at 4:01 am

    Curious if this employee won the case or if it is still pending. I am a store mgr working currently in those conditions.

    • Niki on February 3, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      I believe DG settled.

    • Jamie on February 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      I’m currently in the same situation. ASM with no SM and all new staff.

  4. Dionne Byer on February 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    I have worked for dg from 2/2014-2/8/2018. I was a lead then a manager. Worked hours by myself without bathroom break, worked 100 plus hours a week ang got paid for 40. What can I do? There was an incident at one of the stores I managed and it caught fire by arson and was never solved. There was a loss prevention man Greg that accused me of starting the fire. It was proven that I did not do it. Ever since then, he has been gunning to get me fired which he did yesterday. He threatened me into signing statements and what to write on on the statement. He threatened my job as well as a close friend Tanya my assistant. He still fired me. He laughed and said I knew I would get you for burning down the store. He even has made comments to my old district manager that he was going to get me and told him I burnt the store down. Isn’t that considered slander. Please help

  5. Dovie Perez on May 15, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I too was a DOLLAR GENERAL manager that worked WELL over 80/85 hours a week,and could not share in giving hours to other full time managment that worked for me due to LACK of hours,nor did I rarely get a 1/2 hour lunch much less a full hour, I most EVERY DAY worked open to close due to not enough employees or more so NO HOURS to keep good employees. I was with the company 15 years, working like this, due to some unfair happenings I quit in January 2018, but I think this company owes me for a lot of hours I put in that I should not of had to work plus several other rules they allowed me to break just so I could be there more hours, who could I talk to about my incident there’s much more to my story…

  6. Matthew Spencer on July 2, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    I was terminated while on workers compensation after being attacked by a *customer * . The doctors told me not to return to work until I had gone through physical therapy. DG told me that I had to report. Went to my next scheduled doctor appointment and was taken off work indefinitely, terminated less than 2 weeks later

    • Heidi on July 23, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Matthew, I too was injured while a manager for DG. 2 weeks after I was deemed unable to come back to work until I was seen by another dr I was fired as well. I am curious to know what was the reason for your termination. Thanks!

  7. Zero on September 26, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I feel like DG just wants another lawsuit. They have done nothing to fix the problems at all. I’ve been with the company 3 years now and recently announced to my Dm, and , RDM that I was expecting. My payroll has steadily declined to the point I’m there alone the majority of the day. I have pictures of my payroll showing I get X amount of hours and the sexy day it has changed showing that i have had around 20 hours taken off my payroll. I have contacted my DM and RDM multiple times asking for help with no such luck.

  8. Dana J Brown on December 16, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I was a manager for Dollar General and worked more than 90 hours a week. I had to work for two weeks with me being the only key holder, cause DM would not let me hire anyone or send anyone from another store. I was unable to take my lunch break during this time of working open to close. This put mental stress on me cause I had a small kid i believeand was a single mom at the time. I was given no sick days or holiday pay like the other employees.

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