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‘Baby Boomers ONLY’: Dollar Tree manager unemployed due to help seeking signs

(WFLA) – A leader on an Indiana Dollar Tree caused quite a bit of controversy after posting a wanted sign insulting Generation Z workers last week.

NBC affiliate WNDU reported that Dollar Tree went viral after a manager posted the handwritten sign after two of the cashiers resigned.

“I’m sorry we’re closing AGAIN,” the sign read. “My 2 new cashiers resigned because I said their boyfriends could not stand here all their guard.”

The sign went on to discourage hiring Gen Z workers, saying, “They do not know what work actually means.”

“NOW HIRE! * ONLY Baby Boomers, thank you! The sign ended.

The sign was taken down, but it was up long enough for people to take pictures of it.

Dollar Tree, Inc. responded to the news about the sign and told WNDU that it was not approved by the company.

“We are aware that an unauthorized sign was erected in our store for a short period of time. The handwritten message was absolutely not approved by or approved by our company,” said Randy Guiler, vice president and investor relations for Dollar Tree, Inc.

WNDU reported that the manager is no longer working for Dollar Tree.

While the sign was sensational, some considered it discriminatory against younger workers.

According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, age discrimination can occur when a manager treats “an applicant or employee less favorably because of his or her age.” However, while age discrimination in the Employment Act (ADEA) protects workers aged 40 or older from discrimination, younger workers are not covered by the law.

Instead, states may have laws to protect younger workers from discrimination. Indiana is not one of those states, with state laws protecting “individuals who are at least 40 years old but not yet 75.”

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