BizJournals reports that Target agreed to pay half a million dollars to 4 people, but still “believes” that they didn’t racially discriminate against them. Strange, eh?
If they weren’t discriminating, why did they destroy documents?
Under terms of the settlement, the AP said that Target would pay a total of $510,000 to four applicants that were denied jobs as assistant store managers in 2000 and 2001.
Target also agreed to revise its policies for retaining documents, and pledged to provide supervisors with training on employment discrimination and record-keeping, to report on its hiring decisions and to post a notice about the decree for employees in its stores and offices in the affected district.
The AP quoted Target as saying in a statement that “We do not believe that any member of Target engaged in discrimination. Target prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination based upon race or any other characteristic protected by law.”
Who thinks the Pioneer Press’ OnTarget blog will cover this story? It seems like there’s a holiday shopping angle worth considering. As a reminder, here’s the blog’s goal: “Keeping an eye on how this major retailer navigates the holiday shopping season.”
We’re heading into crunch time for holiday shopping with one of America’s largest retailers making news by settling in a racial discrimination lawsuit with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Will a settlement like this – with a corporate-speak refusal to come clean – help or hurt holiday sales?