Ex-Target Workers Sue, Allege Race Discrimination

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  • FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — 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.

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