Feds Accuse Target of Discrimination
Feb. 09, 2002
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The federal government is suing Target Corp., alleging the retailer discriminates against black applicants seeking management jobs in Wisconsin.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit against the Minneapolis-based company Friday.
Commission lawyer Dennis McBride said Target exhibited an apparent pattern of refusing qualified black candidates for entry-level management jobs.
Target spokesman Douglas Kline said the company would not comment.
The EEOC said it acted after investigating complaints filed by college graduates Kalisha White, Ralpheal Edgeston and Keith Stanley, all of Milwaukee.
According to the suit, White applied for a job with Target but never received a return call after phoning to set up an interview. When she submitted her resume under a different name, the company promptly phoned to arrange an interview, the suit said.
Edgeston claimed he attended a job fair at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, applied for management jobs and set up an interview date. A recruiter never called back and refused calls after the interview date, the suit claimed.
The suit alleged Target has recruited and interviewed others, including blacks, for spots in Madison and the Milwaukee area but has refused to hire blacks for those positions.
Target Corp. operates nearly 1,400 stores in 47 states, including 1,000 Target stores. It also operates Marshall Field's and Mervyn's department stores.
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