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It's primary day in Georgia, and a favorite to make the runoff election is David Perdue, the former Dollar General CEO. Republicans love their businessman candidates, Dollar General stores are a familiar sight in Georgia, and being wealthy rarely hurts a candidate. Dollar General's discriminatory pay practices under Perdue's leadership are the sort of thing that could come back to hurt a candidate in a general election, though.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, female Dollar General managers "generally were paid less than similarly situated male managers performing duties requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility," and the company paid more than $15 million in a class action suit over discrimination.

"Dollar General has set up a pay system which permits stereotypes about men and women to be used in judging their pay, performance, and salary needs," female Dollar General managers claimed in sworn statements. "This includes stereotypes about men being the breadwinner, head of the household, or just more deserving because they are men." [...]

One plaintiff, Patty Eberle, said in a sworn statement that from 2001 to 2008, the men she trained to be store managers made more than she did as both a store manager and trainer.

"Every male manager that was hired in the Springfield, Missouri area was brought in at a higher rate than I was making as store manager,"  another plaintiff, Ruby Sims, said in a sworn statement. "A former district manager came into my office one day right before she quit working at Dollar General and provided me with documents detailing the excessive pay men were receiving for doing the same jobs as female managers." Sims said she complained to two male superiors. "Nothing was ever done."

After failing to prevent a class-action suit, Dollar General went to mediation and ended up paying the women $15.5 million, in addition to millions more in claims administration and attorneys' fees. The case dragged on for years after Perdue's time as CEO, but the discrimination in question? That happened squarely on his watch. As did the practice of calling store clerks managers to get out of paying them overtime, which led to another lawsuit and multimillion dollar payout.

David Perdue has a proven record as a leader. That record involves discrimination and wage theft. Proven Republican-businessman practices, to be sure, but another of those things Republicans don't want voters to realize they support. The official Republican line on why they oppose the Paycheck Fairness Act, for instance, is not "I like to discriminate and don't want it made harder or more expensive," it's "I support equal pay, but discrimination is already illegal and this will lead to more lawsuits." Perdue might just have a problem selling that answer, given his record.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue May 20, 2014 at 08:21 AM PDT.

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  •  So Purdue's chickens come home to roost nt (16+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Tue May 20, 2014 at 08:32:07 AM PDT

  •  Hopefully (4+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, RichM, unfangus, tuesdayschilde

    the dems will use this to campaign against him unless they are too afraid to hurt his feelings.  It seems dems are running on the side of caution, which is bizarre to me.  Why not use every available blunder the rethugs have created for themselves?  Brooklyn Bad Boy just posted a diary that says Alison Grimes is not using stuff against McConnell that could sink him.  Get a backbone, dems.

    People act on the outside how they feel on the inside. If you acknowledge it, you can change it.

    by Raggedy Ann on Tue May 20, 2014 at 09:35:23 AM PDT

    •  Because we want certain people (7+ / 0-)

      To make it out of the primary. Calm down and wait for the primaries to end, wait for the blows to rain down on the eventual winners. Grimes doesn't need to define McConnell early, he's already been well defined, she needs to spend her money defining herself while he gets the hell beat out of him by Bevin. Will he win? Yeah. But hopefully it takes a massive chunk of his money to do so. But until he wins, she has to ease up a bit and just wait.

      As for GA, I'm not sure why we aren't destroying Perdue. I suppose hurting his vote share might cause some of his votes to go to Kingston and ensure the runoff is Perdue-Kingston instead of Perdue-Handel. At this point if it becomes Perdue-Handel it seems like the Republican choice will be "Awful candidate that can lose in GA #1" or "Awful candidate that can lose in GA #2" which is what we want.

      •  Yes, Mitch's unfavorables are stratospheric. (0+ / 0-)

        Putting the fun back in dysfunctional.

        by hawkseye on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:15:10 AM PDT

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      •  Calm down? (0+ / 0-)

        What do you mean by that?  Do you know me?

        People act on the outside how they feel on the inside. If you acknowledge it, you can change it.

        by Raggedy Ann on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:55:09 AM PDT

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      •  We need to be careful about using this as an issue (0+ / 0-)

        considering the fact that the NYT and even the Obama administration have been caught doing this recently. I can see the response from the pub being "Obama does it also, just look at the White House staff".

        "When the salaries for White House staff members are analyzed the same way, women turn out to make 88 cents for every dollar earned by men, according to a recent study conducted by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. The analysis of 2013 payroll data found that the 228 female employees in the Obama White House were paid a median annual salary of $65,000 this year, compared with $73,729 for the 231 male employees.

        Press Secretary Jay Carney said the numbers reflected the fact that more women than men hold lower-level positions in the White House. Women and men with equal duties make equal pay, he said.

        "But at every level, here at the White House, you're paid the same for the work that you do, regardless of your gender," Carney said, noting that Obama has several senior-level female advisors. Carney said the 88-cent figure was "not 100, but it is better than the national average."

  •  Why were right-to-sue letters issued? (0+ / 0-)

    Those are most commonly issued when the EEOC dismisses a complaint.

    They can be requested, but granting them is optional on the part of the EEOC until at least 180 days have passed from the time the complaint was filed.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Tue May 20, 2014 at 09:54:04 AM PDT

  •  Worse... (0+ / 0-)

    Than a common street thug.  At least the street thug is stealing to put food on the table.  This criminal is stealing to to what, buy his second yacht?  And yes, re-assigning clerks to 'manager' is wage theft.

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

    by RichM on Tue May 20, 2014 at 09:58:09 AM PDT

  •  You know what we need (1+ / 0-)
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    to remove from government? People for whom elected office is a pay cut. Government isn't easy, nor is it a power trip. It's a job; it can't be an angle to work the system. Wasn't there a time when elected officials were statesmen, bureaucrats, lawyers?

    Now, a plurality, if not majority, of people who run for office are self described "stars" from private business. You can't have an effective elected body comprised of dozens or hundreds of people who each think they can issue marching orders to everyone else. But when that's who we continually elect, that's what's going to happen.

    I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

    by CFAmick on Tue May 20, 2014 at 09:59:07 AM PDT

  •  You folks realize that this resume tends to (2+ / 0-)
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    attract the average GOP voter of today?

    Then again, the average GOP voter of today gets to count his teeth on one hand, scratches his crotch in public, cannot spell a sign correctly, love beer and shotgun shells, cuz the if you squint reel darn hard, both beer and shotgun cases look a like. At least after a few brews.

    While they still watch Fox News (Except when they get into those real complex issues like that Ben dude. Ben Ghazi, whoever he is.), since Rush changed so many new stations on the A&M radiophonic talking machine, it has been almost impossible to find him again.  

    Most impotently, today's GOP not only realizes that he is an uneducated, semi-literate, slobbering, racist, sexist idiot, he prides himself on it and  brags about it in public.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:01:09 AM PDT

    •  yep They are like the crazies and the alkies and (1+ / 0-)
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      druggies we see in the ER. It doesn't make sense to talk to them. We had the obligation to temporarily save them from themselves but unfortunately cannot save ourselves from the fact that they vote

      I am pro-life. Bring our troops home ALIVE!

      by Doc Allen on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:12:30 AM PDT

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  •  Presuming for the time being that he (1+ / 0-)
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    mjd in florida

    will be the GOP nominee, Nunn has to hit him on this hard and often.  Tie the practices of HIS company to the ezxcuses being offered by the GOP as to why we don't need the Paycheck Fairness Act.  This is an issue that can motivate female voters to come to the polls and vote for Michelle Nunn.

    Rush — the quivering rage heap who is apparently desperately trying to extinguish any remaining molecule of humanity that might still reside in the Chernobyl-esque Superfund cleanup site that was his soul. -- Jon Stewart

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:03:22 AM PDT

    •  How about getting some military wives who (2+ / 0-)
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      Hamtree, mjd in florida

      have to work to keep their families off of food benefits to take a stand for equal pay so voters can see that the GOP loves to administer the sucker punch combo.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:49:17 AM PDT

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  •  DAMMIT! (1+ / 0-)
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    Dollar General was one of the few discount stores I wasn't pissed off at.  Now I can't shop there EITHER??

    I tell ya... it's hard being a consumer these days.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Tue May 20, 2014 at 10:35:11 AM PDT

  •  Perfect Republican (1+ / 0-)
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    A few rich republicans are working on stealing our government by buying elections and politicians, courts and the media.  These rich bastards do not want government for the people and by the people. They are willing to destroy American and burn down the greatness of our country.  The only people who win are the ones with big fat F%%ing wallets.  i.e. Koch types

    Sad thing poor stupid people watch Fox non news and believe the lies and elect people like this.  Things just get worse for them and better for the top 1%.  

  •  Future 4-star General in GOP War on Women? (2+ / 0-)
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    Danali, mjd in florida

    This Perdue character must have the GOP praying fervently for his election to the Senate,  as he possesses exactly the right resume and experience to become a 4-star General in the GOP's War on Women.

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