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Ex-Target workers sue, allege race discrimination

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:57 p.m. HST, Jul 10, 2013

FRESNO, Calif. » Three former Target employees are suing the nation's second-largest discount chain for discrimination and retaliation, citing alleged racial slurs from managers and a training document that included stereotypical portrayals of Hispanics.

The lawsuit, filed recently in Northern California's Yolo County, says that workers who complained about the conditions at a distribution center in Woodland were fired.

The complaint alleges that white managers regularly used racial epithets when speaking with Hispanic workers.

Also, according to the complaint, the training document used negative stereotypes and stated: "Food: not everyone eats tacos and burritos; Music: not everyone dances to salsa; Dress: not everyone wears a sombrero; Mexicans (lower education level, some may be undocumented)."

It also stated that Hispanics "may say 'OK, OK' and pretend to understand, when they do not, just to save face."

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said she could not comment on the allegations in the lawsuit, because the Minneapolis-based company has not yet been served with the complaint.

She said the company doesn't "tolerate or condone discrimination in any form" and has policies and procedures in place to prevent unfair treatment.

The company, however, has apologized for the content of the training document. Snyder said in a statement that the instructional guide wasn't part of any "formal or company-wide training" and was only used at one distribution center.

"The content of the document referenced is not representative of who Target is," Snyder said. "We take accountability for its contents and are truly sorry."

Target Corp. is the nation's second-largest discount chain with 2013 revenue of $73.3 billion.

The lawsuit, filed June 24, seeks unspecified damages.

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Mei mei wrote:
Adios Muchachos!!
on July 10,2013 | 03:31PM
Anonymous wrote:
Unfortunately, there is an element of truth to these supposed stereotypes. I can't believe in this day and age that anyone would be so stupid as to say the things they are alleged to have said. Playing the race card has become quite the rage with these parasites, hoping to score the Big One. No, I'm not white, but even I get tired of Hispanic antics and their demands. I refuse to take part in Cinco de Mayo celebrations when these people parade their Mexican flags around. If Mexico is so great then they should go back across our southern border. Even hearing Spanish here in Hawai'i has me grating my teeth. This is just a preview of what this country can expect when Hispanics become the majority, and it ain't gonna be pretty. They may actually have to pay their own way for a change. Imagine that.
on July 10,2013 | 06:17PM
HOSSANA wrote:
I am a minority but I have to concur with you. Very well said.
on July 10,2013 | 06:29PM
Benibiker wrote:
Mexico doesn't even celebrate Cinco De Mayo like it's celebrated here, it's an American excuse to get drunk. What's wrong with speaking Spanish. Walk around Hawaii and you will more than likely hear Japanese, Korean, Chinese, or Filipino. We're all free to speak any language we want. Stereotypes are racist no matter what, whether you're talking about sombreros, watermelon, rice, or crackers. There's no place for it in today's world. If any company want's to loose a large portion of their customers go ahead let them make fools of themselves and loose money. Money makes the world go round after all...
on July 10,2013 | 06:47PM
cojef wrote:
Just some low intellect foreman flaunting his muscle brain. Bad PR for Target to have such an empoyee foreman, but it's their own fault, they put this smuck in charge.
on July 11,2013 | 07:47AM
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