(Minneapolis, MN) — Target is settling claims that it discriminated against black and Hispanic job candidates. The company agreed to pay over three-million-dollars and to upgrade its hiring process following a lawsuit alleging that Target’s use of criminal background checks kept thousands of black and Hispanic job applicants from employment. The preliminary settlement was filed Thursday in a Manhattan court and requires a judge’s approval. The company is accused of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on race, gender and other characteristics. Job applicants were reportedly disqualified from employment for convictions that were unrelated to the work they were applying for. A Target spokeswoman says the retailer doesn’t ask for criminal histories in job applications any more, but still considers convictions “important” and collects criminal background information late in the hiring process.
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