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Report: EEOC sues Dollar General over background checks

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New York — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Dollar General Corp. over its use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees, according to the Associated Press and other media reports.

The EEOC also filed suit against a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina. It said the plant did not consider the nature of the crimes or how old they are.

The agency said blacks suffer disproportionately from job loss due to criminal background checks. In 2012, it revised its guidelines and advised employers against extremely broad criminal checks to screen workers, saying the checks could be counter to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and national origin as well as retaliation, after the agency and companies could not reach a settlement.

The two lawsuits, which were filed Tuesday, are the first since the EEOC revised its guidance.

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Terry Lundgren and Bill Clinton honored as top dads

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — President Bill Clinton and Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren on Tuesday were honored as 2013 Fathers of the Year by the non-profit National Father’s Day Council.

The awards were given at the group’s annual 72nd annual Father luncheon in New York City, with proceeds from the event benefitting Save the Children’s U.S. programs.

The group cited Clinton’s philanthropy work through his William J. Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. Lundgren was honored for his “success in balancing accomplished careers and the demands of fatherhood.”

Major Jackson Drumgoole II of the U.S. Army was also honored as an outstanding.

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Changes to PetSmart board amid CEO transition

BY Marianne Wilson

PHOENIX — PetSmart’s board of directors has named Gregory P. Josefowicz its non-executive chairman. Josefowicz has served as a director since 2004 and as lead director since 2006.

Chairman and CEO Bob Moran will not stand for election as a director at the company’s 2013 annual stockholder meeting. As previously announced, David Lenhardt, current president and COO, will become the CEO of PetSmart at that time.

“David’s transition to the CEO role has been exceptionally smooth. As such, I think it is in the best interests of the company that I step aside and let David put his own stamp on PetSmart,” said Moran. “PetSmart is well-positioned and I am confident in the company’s future under David’s direction and leadership.”

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