David Perdue, Republican nominee for Senate in Georgia, loves the ladies. In fact, he loves them so much that his former company, Dollar General, seems to have paid women less than their male peers in the same positions between November 30, 2004 and November 30 2007 — almost the exact dates Perdue was CEO of the company (April 2003 to early 2007.)
Dollar General settled the lawsuit, filed in 2007 by 2,100 female managers, for almost $19 million dollars.
“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,” the managers claimed in the lawsuit.
When a moderator in Sunday’s debate between Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn asked about the lawsuit, the candidate responded, “If you look at Dollar General as an example, there was no wrongdoing there,” despite the reality that the company was forced to pay millions to victims of the practice. “That lawsuit, or that claim, or that complaint was settled five years after I had left…And it was less than 2,000 people. We had upwards of 70,000 employees in that company.”
Not only was he willing to downplay the number of employees who sued the company because of policies over which he had influence and discrimination that occurred under his watch, but he was perfectly ready to claim no wrongdoing simply because the company did not actually admit to any.
“Two thousand women, that actually seems like quite a lot to me,” Nunn said of her opponent’s claims.
Wonder how many binders those women would fill?