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Settlement reached in discrimination case against Target

Target, the popular retail company, has had a number of legal issues in the past year. In the latest, a discrimination case, the company has decided to settle and move forward. What does this settlement mean for the victims? What can potential employees in Michigan learn from this?

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, thousands of individuals were denied jobs at the major retailer due to hiring discrimination. Of the complaints addressed in this case, two seemed the most concerning. The first was that the employment assessments used by Target were biased toward gender and race. The second was that the psychological tests given to applicants had no relevance to the necessary job requirements and were completed in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Target opted to settle this case and has agreed to pay nearly $3 million to the victims. The total number of people who will be compensated was not reported. However, of the millions of individuals who have applied to the company, only a small amount will receive money from the settlement. Along with paying monetary damages, Target has changed its hiring process as a result of this case.

Just like the victims in the Target case, those in Michigan who feel they have been victims of hiring discrimination need to know that they may have legal recourse. An experienced attorney will know how to fully investigate this type of situation, allowing a victim to make informed decisions regarding the best course of action to pursue. Whether through successful litigation or out of court negotiations and settlement, victims of employment discrimination may be granted monetary compensation for any resulting losses.

Source: The Washington Post, "Target to settle EEOC claim of hiring discrimination", Aug. 24, 2015

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