Target guilty of age discrimination
All for the Bottom Line

Des Moines, IA

#24 Mar 1, 2011
Target does seem to have a way of getting around what seems to be a responsible committment to it's employees. Generally when this is seen, someone has "crunched" some numbers and presented top management with the risk/benefit of doing business in this manner, figuring that the benefit (dollars retained) is far higher than the risk (dollars paid out.)
With no offense to anyone, the type of abuse Target heaps on employees is not seen in companies where the level of education required to perform the job is at least a college degree.(Please do not turn this into a debate about the level of individual education.) The higher an education, the more costly the termination, in general.
This is a key reason Target fights to remain a "union-free environment".(I am not a union guy.)
Emma

Edwardsville, IL

#25 Mar 7, 2011
I am 50 and have applied for a position with Target as an "Executive in Training" on more than one occasion. I recently recieved my masters degree and attended on on-campus job event, which Target attended. I spoke to the 20 something recruiter and explained I had 20 years of retail experience as well as a masters degree and was looking for a position with Target. The best I can say is he smirked at me...I suggested Target was only interested in "young" employees and he smiled and laughed. NOT FUNNY to a "old" person in search of employment!
Has anyone filed a complaint with the EEOC?
N of 40

Des Moines, IA

#26 Mar 7, 2011
Emma wrote:
I am 50 and have applied for a position with Target as an "Executive in Training" on more than one occasion. I recently recieved my masters degree and attended on on-campus job event, which Target attended. I spoke to the 20 something recruiter and explained I had 20 years of retail experience as well as a masters degree and was looking for a position with Target. The best I can say is he smirked at me...I suggested Target was only interested in "young" employees and he smiled and laughed. NOT FUNNY to a "old" person in search of employment!
Has anyone filed a complaint with the EEOC?
I have applied for similar positions, many in fact. My eduction and experience are similar, plus regional management experience. Ask yourself...why would they hire experienced people w/ advanced degrees when they can get young grads for a fraction of the cost. And those folks don't seem to stay around too long. The corporate focus is not on employee retention, it is on customer retention.

I was hired as a seasonal cashier - wanted to check out the corporation from the inside. HR didn't bother to note the advanced degree, experience, etc., just wanted a warm body. What I did learn was that I would not want to work for this corporation in upper management. If it were just one or two problem areas that needed fixing...I can do that, but you need the corporate support and philosophy to back you up.
Good luck in your job search.

Since: Mar 11

Tempe, AZ

#27 Mar 26, 2011
I found this website for a law firm that is collecting information for a possible class action lawsuit against Target on age discrimination. I submitted my info: http://wordpress.halunenlaw.net/news/2010/03/...

I am in my 50's and have recently had my hours at target cut from an average of 20+ a week to less then 8, yet they have hired new younger workers who are now working the area and shifts I was getting
SeemsWrong

Panama City, FL

#28 Mar 27, 2011
I have to say I have worked for close to 9 years for target and seen many employees come and go, and mostly go if they are what appears to be over the age of 40 in any position.I have not seen any hired over 40 except one 3 years ago and they cut his hours to about 12 a week from full time. Now i see its my turn now that im over 45 years old. I was basicly told I need to find a new job, or be termed in 30 days.
Axe to grind

Shermans Dale, PA

#29 Mar 27, 2011
SeemsWrong wrote:
I have to say I have worked for close to 9 years for target and seen many employees come and go, and mostly go if they are what appears to be over the age of 40 in any position.I have not seen any hired over 40 except one 3 years ago and they cut his hours to about 12 a week from full time. Now i see its my turn now that im over 45 years old. I was basicly told I need to find a new job, or be termed in 30 days.
The only older Americans that Target cares about are the ones printed on our currency ! It Target had their ways, they would only accept Ruppies from India or Yuan from China as legal tender.
Casey

Corona, CA

#30 Apr 5, 2011
The only word for Target is GREED. Hours have been cut, and they expect one team member to complete the same task that previously took six team members to do. They don't give any significant pay increases.A Team member told me the other day that he only makes eighty five cents more an hour since being hired four years ago. And I agree that they have issues with older employee's, even in California. I think the team members need to seriously consider UNIONizing.
DMH

Haines City, FL

#31 Apr 6, 2011
Same situations going on in Florida too! My husband was fired because he caught a shoplifter! No joke! You all know how "assets protection" works! Well when they started consolidating AP personnel in more than one store to save money, there were times when the stores had no security all day. The kid was stuffing his pockets right in front of him! He was in a no win...I think they wouldve fired him if he had let the kid walk out the door with the merchandise.

Like many of you have stated: over 40, outstanding reviews, promotions, etc. Once he & his salary & benefits were gone, they took kids off of registers & some others from the floor & split the "management" duties between them.

I wouldn't spend my last dollar at a Target. It also irritates the living hell out of me when they BRAG on how much they give to charity while they are screwing their employees...royally!
N of 40

Des Moines, IA

#32 Apr 7, 2011
Dear DMH,
I'm sorry to hear your husband lost his job. I guess I'm confused as to why he was fired for catching a shoplifter. Do you mind explaining?

You are so right that Target gets a lot of mileage on their reputation for community charity. I wonder who their PR company is, cuz they are doing a heck of a job! The facts are that Target discriminates against its employees, sells shoddy merchandise, actively fights unions - but it is all wrapped up in a package that is presented to the public with shiny advertising, community "responsibility", etc. You know, I haven't shopped at Walmart in over 20 years. Target is now added to my list of stores I will not shop at - they are toxic to local economies - wish people could see it.
SeemsWrong

Panama City, FL

#33 Apr 8, 2011
I also have submitted my info and they returned my call. Most people I know that went though this have long quit. others stepped down.

If you are a current or former Target employee and believe that you were treated differently, including having your employment terminated, because of your age, please go to attached link.

http://www.halunenlaw.com/news/2010/03/04/tar...
Dadsnorz

Punta Gorda, FL

#34 Apr 11, 2011
I was shown the door around my 48th Birthday, about 2 years ago. We all knew our number would eventually get called. I saw us all get our ETL positions eliminated. The worst part was watching the environment shift from a culture or opportunity to a culture of blame. Anyway, early last week, I received a call from a Federal Investigator from EEOC out of Atlanta, with questions regarding age discrimination. I wasn't looking - she had subpoenaed documents and called me. Looks like the Feds are onto them...
Nat Chiaffarano

AOL

#35 Apr 13, 2011
pegasus wrote:
Absolutely true. I am currently looking for an attorney to take my case for me. I believe I have a strong one. If you or anyone out there knows of a class action suit on age discrimination against Target, I would appreciate knowing whom I might contact to join the suit.
What have you found out? Do you have a contact? Please advise. Thank you. Nat.
Nat Chiaffarano

AOL

#36 Apr 13, 2011
Do you know of a law firm handling this class action lawsuit? Thank you. Nat.
SL in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN

#37 Apr 13, 2011
I worked for Target corp headquarters for 26 years. I was suddenly a poor performer after 52 reviews of primarily Outstanding reviews. I was 52 3/4. I believe that Target discriminates based on age. I was told by a former Target HR employee that this is Target's Achilles heal. I am going to attempt to follow the links listed and see where it leads me, it is time to stop this behavior. It is illegal.
aw in mpls

Iowa City, IA

#38 Apr 14, 2011
Alabama Team membe

Birmingham, AL

#39 Apr 15, 2011
Jennifer wrote:
Anyone else been targeted by Target Corp because of your age? In AZ, there seems to be a movement by Target to bring in younger, much less experienced ETL's to replace top notched, near perfect performing managers who happen to be near the 55 year mark. My brother-in-law is one such victim. Not one mark against his work record. Very loyal and good to his team members. Age discrimination is the only explanation.
I loved Target.....but I will not spend another dime in their stores. What they do to employees is without conscience. I know corporate greed. I work for one of those types of companies myself. It still shocks the system when it happends to someone you care about.
I would be interested in knowing if anyone else has suffered from age discrimination from Target Corp.
At my store, age discrimination IS NONSTOP!!!!!
Jennifer

United States

#40 Apr 18, 2011
I've written to http://wordpress.halunenlaw.net . I sent this Topix link so that they could see what has been written here and to get some idea how any people are affected by Target and their practices. I haven't heard anything from them, yet. Hopefully someone will pay attention and do something. If any of you know more people who have been unfairly treated by Target Corp. because of their age, please urge them to post something. Maybe we can incite some interest from someone. While age discrimination is very difficult to "prove", it is obvious that it is happening.
My heart goes out to all of you who have suffered from such unjust treatment.
Jennifer

Gilbert, AZ

#41 Apr 20, 2011
All for the Bottom Line wrote:
Target does seem to have a way of getting around what seems to be a responsible committment to it's employees. Generally when this is seen, someone has "crunched" some numbers and presented top management with the risk/benefit of doing business in this manner, figuring that the benefit (dollars retained) is far higher than the risk (dollars paid out.)
With no offense to anyone, the type of abuse Target heaps on employees is not seen in companies where the level of education required to perform the job is at least a college degree.(Please do not turn this into a debate about the level of individual education.) The higher an education, the more costly the termination, in general.
This is a key reason Target fights to remain a "union-free environment".(I am not a union guy.)
The level of employment that is being discussed here is store "management", for the most part. Many of whom have a bachelors. Even if Target was unionized, these people, who are being fired, wouldn't be in the union as they "were" management. Of course, someone "crunched" numbers. They crunched numbers that indicated that people like my brother-in-law had a few weeks before he would have been guaranteed retirement health care, thus costing the Corp money. They crunched numbers to show that a 30 year old's management salary would be less of a burden on their bottom line.
Age discrimination does care about the level of education. It cares about money. That is the motivation behind this. It is a practice that has, once again, reared it ugly head in this country. Corporations like Target are getting away with it. Hence this forum.
N of 40

Des Moines, IA

#42 Apr 20, 2011
Jennifer wrote:
<quoted text>
The level of employment that is being discussed here is store "management", for the most part. Many of whom have a bachelors. Even if Target was unionized, these people, who are being fired, wouldn't be in the union as they "were" management. Of course, someone "crunched" numbers. They crunched numbers that indicated that people like my brother-in-law had a few weeks before he would have been guaranteed retirement health care, thus costing the Corp money. They crunched numbers to show that a 30 year old's management salary would be less of a burden on their bottom line.
Age discrimination does care about the level of education. It cares about money. That is the motivation behind this. It is a practice that has, once again, reared it ugly head in this country. Corporations like Target are getting away with it. Hence this forum.
Age discrimination is evaluated in both hiring and retention practices. It affects non-management hires/employees (who qualify for promotion by virture of performance, tenure and/or education.)And those who are not.
While the majority of participants in this forum are management level, there are some who are not; many readers may not post. This forum is not limited to level of education or job at Target. It is for anyone that has been a victim of age discrimination by Target.
Jennifer

Gilbert, AZ

#43 Apr 20, 2011
N of 40 wrote:
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Age discrimination is evaluated in both hiring and retention practices. It affects non-management hires/employees (who qualify for promotion by virture of performance, tenure and/or education.)And those who are not.
While the majority of participants in this forum are management level, there are some who are not; many readers may not post. This forum is not limited to level of education or job at Target. It is for anyone that has been a victim of age discrimination by Target.
Yes. I started this particular forum, about Target's age discrimination, because my brother-in-law was fired by Target. I want to know how many people have been "targeted" by Target. I doesn't matter to me the level of employment or education.

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