Target Agrees to Review Screening of Job Applicants Amid Claims of Bias

In early April, Target agreed to revise guidelines for how it screens people seeking jobs at its stores. The step is intended to quell complaints that the retailer discriminates against black and Hispanic applicants with criminal records that can include offenses too minor or old to affect their performance as employees. According to Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Education Fund, said that the background check policy was not compliant with best practices and didnt give applicants a fair chance at a good job. The agreement not only addresses a series of complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by Carnella Times, but also seeks to resolve a potential class action filed in Federal District Court in Manhattan by her legal defense, as well. The company agreed to contribute $3.7 million to a settlement fund.

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