Ex-workers sue Target
Three former Target employees are suing the US’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 Washington Times reported last week that the complaint alleges that white managers regularly used racial epithets when speaking with Hispanic workers and that that workers who complained about the conditions at a distribution centre were fired.
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.”
The company has already apologised 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 centre.
“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.”
Snyder added that she could not yet comment on the allegations in the lawsuit, because the Minneapolis-based company has not yet been served with the complaint.
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