Lawsuit against retailer Target settled for $3.74 million

Many people across the United States often make a “Target run” to purchase anything from clothing to groceries, toys and more. It is a very popular store, offering many different goods at affordable prices. Therefore, people in Jacksonville may be interested to learn of a business litigation settlement involving the retail giant.

A class action lawsuit brought by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People against the big box retailer Target has recently been settled in the amount of $3.74 million. The NAACP accused Target of unlawful discrimination in its hiring policies. The lawsuit alleged that Target would not hire those who have been arrested or convicted of a crime, even if the crime was irrelevant to working at Target. The NAACP claimed that this policy had a disparate impact on job applicants of certain races, specifically those who were Latino or African American. Target has since changed its hiring policy by eliminating queries about a job applicant’s criminal history.

As this shows, business litigation settlements can be reached by companies big and small. No business wants to be accused of violating discrimination laws, but lawsuits based on such claims do happen. It is illegal to discriminate against job applicants based on their race. Even if the discrimination is not outright, if it leads to a disparate impact that makes it so that one race is being adversely affected, then the business could face a lawsuit.

Businesses accused of discrimination against job applicants, whether the business is a small mom-and-pop operation or a retail giant, will want to defend themselves against such allegations. While sometimes it is possible to reach a settlement out-of-court, other times these issues must be litigated. When that happens, it is important that businesses wage a strong defense against the accusations they face, so they can reach a favorable result.

Source: CNN Money, “Target settles suit over asking job applicants about criminal records,” Jackie Wattles, April 5, 2018