Target has agreed to pay $2.8 million to settle charges that it’s hiring process was discriminatory. The EEOC’s Minneapolis office (Target is headquartered in Minneapolis) investigated the case.
According to an EEOC news release, “EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
Target was also found to be using assessments that violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (www.eeoc.gov).
During investigation, Target stopped using the assessments in question.
It was also discovered that Target was not keeping adequate records in its applicant tracking systems to be able to gauge any adverse impact of its hiring process.
A Target spokeswoman stated, “We continue to fully believe that no improper behavior occurred regarding these assessments. However in light of the fact that none of the assessments cited by the EEOC are being used today and given the significant resources that would be required to litigate this case, Target agreed to a settlement with the EEOC.”
To learn more about the case you can view the EEOC news release.