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pegasus

Saint Charles, IL

#44 Apr 23, 2011
The best defense against abusive discrimination practices is documentation:
1. Make sure you are clear on what the law says. It is not discrimination for a company to treat you badly if you cannot tie their practices directly to a violation of the law.
2. Keep specific documentation - names, dates, details of any discriminatory conversations, policies and actions.
3. Advise your employer that you view the event as being discriminatory and ask that they rectify the situation. Do not assume they will read behind the lines or take corrective action if you don't hold them accountable.
4. Keep copies of all reviews, memos, time off requests.
5. Do not be intimidated by fear of losing your job. It is important that you eliminate yourself as the problem. If you have poor attendance, a poor attitude, or a poor work ethic, it will be hard for you to defend your position.
6. If your employer does not respond, contact your integrity hotline and corporate office. If you feel you must leave, request that they supply you with a complete copy of your personnel file, onsight and off-sight files included.
7. If you must file a discrimination complaint, keep a record of who you spoke with, dates, details. Make sure you meet all timelines. Begin with filing paperwork with the Dept. of Human Rights and the EEOC (both State and Federal) and follow through with their recommendations.
8. Finally, find a good attoney or firm that specializes in this area of employment law. It is important that you be honest and thorough in your dealings with them. This will take a lot of your time and energy, but discrimination will not stop unless everyone holds those guilty of the practice accountable.

Good luck to all.
Ex-Target Shopper

Austin, TX

#45 Apr 26, 2011
Like many of you, my husband, a 47 yr old ETL that worked for Target for 25 years, was let go. He too had a great work record (has only called in one day in the 15+ years I've known him, good reviews, etc.). After many years of dedication to Target, he was let go in December. It's amazing how they can find silly excuses to let these people go that have been such great contributors to the company. Target is a greedy corporation that is only concerned about money. Walk into any Target and take a look at their staff. Most of their Execs are fresh out of college. Target knows who and when to let go. Why pay big salaries to long time employees when you can pay a new college grad 20,000-30,000 less? I have not set foot in a Target since December and will never do so again. Like Carollyn said, there is life after Target. It just stinks that these people have put in so many years for this company and have to start over from scratch. Blessing to each of you that have gone thru this mess with Target.
Unbelieveable

Columbia, SC

#46 May 19, 2011
I recently left a job to work for Target. I have 25 years of management, logistics and transportation experience. I thought Target would be a great fit for me. The Group Leaders I worked with we young and very immature. I was told by 2 group leaders I did not fit into the group. I had a status with the HRM, I told her I was concern about this situation and why, she became very agressive toward me. I was in my 5th week when this happen, for the time I met with the HRM on the 5th week until I was terminated prior to my 90 days, it was obvious the HRM did not want me there. She supported the GLs going out to drink to bond. I took a more than a 50K cut to join Target and she stated I did not look like I wanted to be at Target. The plan was put in place to put me on the street. My age and my race was a factor. I was hired to be fired to make the numbers look good. I want to do something about this, I was gainfully employed prior to Target. Made promises and kicked out on my behind, now I have zero income. I was told on several occasions I could resign. Working under those circumstances were horrible to say the least. I was terminated because I was not a good fit. I was asked to develop action plans that no one else had ever been asked to do. I was asked to walk the floor and give my opinion which as very very limited, I was trying to fit in and I got the feeling they wanted information from me rather than maintaining my employment; especially when I was taken off the training program.
FFF

United States

#47 May 19, 2011
Unbelieveable wrote:
I recently left a job to work for Target. I have 25 years of management, logistics and transportation experience. I thought Target would be a great fit for me. The Group Leaders I worked with we young and very immature. I was told by 2 group leaders I did not fit into the group. I had a status with the HRM, I told her I was concern about this situation and why, she became very agressive toward me. I was in my 5th week when this happen, for the time I met with the HRM on the 5th week until I was terminated prior to my 90 days, it was obvious the HRM did not want me there. She supported the GLs going out to drink to bond. I took a more than a 50K cut to join Target and she stated I did not look like I wanted to be at Target. The plan was put in place to put me on the street. My age and my race was a factor. I was hired to be fired to make the numbers look good. I want to do something about this, I was gainfully employed prior to Target. Made promises and kicked out on my behind, now I have zero income. I was told on several occasions I could resign. Working under those circumstances were horrible to say the least. I was terminated because I was not a good fit. I was asked to develop action plans that no one else had ever been asked to do. I was asked to walk the floor and give my opinion which as very very limited, I was trying to fit in and I got the feeling they wanted information from me rather than maintaining my employment; especially when I was taken off the training program.
Something about your story does not smell right !
Jim

Smithtown, NY

#48 May 23, 2011
So happy I found this website. Target always carries itself that it is a good place to work. I disagree. They want so much from their employees and they treat them poorly. I turned 50 last year and I have seen age discrimination. Luckily, this is only a part-time job for me. I thought I was alone, but can see that I am not. Target carries itself as "the anti-Walmart". They think that Walmart sucks (and it does) and they think because they are not Walmart, that is all they have to do. Well, I got news for them.... Keep spreading the word about their discriminatory practices, maybe soemthing will be done, but the management of the company is so poor, I doubt it.
exteamlead from Target

Norristown, PA

#49 May 29, 2011
I am from Pennsylvania. I have a lawyer for the above reasons that have been stated. I was fired I was 50......I dont know if I can be involved in a Class Action Lawsuit but TARGET does not treat people of AGE WEll At all
They always seem to get away with the way they treat people......They are just as bad if not worse than WalMart....Why isn't this in the news like Walmart is??? Target and the way they treat Team Members should also be in the NEWS just like Walmart is....
exteamlead from Target

Norristown, PA

#50 May 29, 2011
pegasus wrote:
The best defense against abusive discrimination practices is documentation:
1. Make sure you are clear on what the law says. It is not discrimination for a company to treat you badly if you cannot tie their practices directly to a violation of the law.
2. Keep specific documentation - names, dates, details of any discriminatory conversations, policies and actions.
3. Advise your employer that you view the event as being discriminatory and ask that they rectify the situation. Do not assume they will read behind the lines or take corrective action if you don't hold them accountable.
4. Keep copies of all reviews, memos, time off requests.
5. Do not be intimidated by fear of losing your job. It is important that you eliminate yourself as the problem. If you have poor attendance, a poor attitude, or a poor work ethic, it will be hard for you to defend your position.
6. If your employer does not respond, contact your integrity hotline and corporate office. If you feel you must leave, request that they supply you with a complete copy of your personnel file, onsight and off-sight files included.
7. If you must file a discrimination complaint, keep a record of who you spoke with, dates, details. Make sure you meet all timelines. Begin with filing paperwork with the Dept. of Human Rights and the EEOC (both State and Federal) and follow through with their recommendations.
8. Finally, find a good attoney or firm that specializes in this area of employment law. It is important that you be honest and thorough in your dealings with them. This will take a lot of your time and energy, but discrimination will not stop unless everyone holds those guilty of the practice accountable.
Good luck to all.
I am from Pennsylvania. I have a lawyer for the above reasons that have been stated. I was fired I was 50......I dont know if I can be involved in a Class Action Lawsuit but TARGET does not treat people of AGE WEll At all
They always seem to get away with the way they treat people......They are just as bad if not worse than WalMart....Why isn't this in the news like Walmart is??? Target and the way they treat Team Members should also be in the NEWS just like Walmart is....
Forced to resign 37 yo

Pittsford, NY

#51 May 29, 2011
I had 9 years of outstanding reviews including my last one. I was told that I should resign because I could not fill out a leadership stats correctly. Our pharmacy numbers were all green and I even got a huge bonus and a raise the day before they let me go. I was shocked, but they do want the young executives in and the older ones out. It's a great company to be young in, but bad if you are over 35 because you'll be out the door soon. mike from Fairport, NY
Hardlinesmaster

Suitland, MD

#52 Jun 1, 2011
Forced to resign 37 yo wrote:
I had 9 years of outstanding reviews including my last one. I was told that I should resign because I could not fill out a leadership stats correctly. Our pharmacy numbers were all green and I even got a huge bonus and a raise the day before they let me go. I was shocked, but they do want the young executives in and the older ones out. It's a great company to be young in, but bad if you are over 35 because you'll be out the door soon. mike from Fairport, NY
Welcome to ae11, spot is now going after pharmacy. I disagreed on it. You have proof to fight, I think you do. Give them the docs at dtl level & go from there. Were you on ca before?
Anomymous

Elk River, MN

#53 Jun 1, 2011
Well, I have been working for Target now for three years, in the happy state of Minnesota. In my store there is no discrimination, We have many different ages ranging from 16 - at least 60. We also have many different backgrounds that work in our store. I love Target and believe that even though they are a large corporation, they still watch out for the benefit of the community.
migmag

Minneapolis, MN

#54 Jun 1, 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.
sounds very common!
migmag

Minneapolis, MN

#55 Jun 1, 2011
this sounds very common. yes, i've heard of others complaining about this too.
Jennifer

Gilbert, AZ

#56 Jun 1, 2011
Anomymous wrote:
Well, I have been working for Target now for three years, in the happy state of Minnesota. In my store there is no discrimination, We have many different ages ranging from 16 - at least 60. We also have many different backgrounds that work in our store. I love Target and believe that even though they are a large corporation, they still watch out for the benefit of the community.
I find it very interesting that you are using "anomymous" (sic) as your name. You may be extremely lucky and work in The perfect environment but do not discount the very real complaints and concerns of those that have suffered from the hands of Target Corps. I highly recommend that if you intend on staying with Target as you progress in years, make copies of everything for your personal file and document any altercations you may have with your higher up. When you do grow up, and when your bubble bursts, you have to be ready.
I used to love Target myself. Shopped there all the time. But I wouldn't go there now if you paid me. What they did to my brother-in-law was just plain wrong. One day, they will pay. maybe not to anyone here, but they will. I think they are evil, but that is just my opinion.
Anonymous

Elk River, MN

#57 Jun 2, 2011
Jennifer wrote:
<quoted text>
I find it very interesting that you are using "anomymous" (sic) as your name. You may be extremely lucky and work in The perfect environment but do not discount the very real complaints and concerns of those that have suffered from the hands of Target Corps. I highly recommend that if you intend on staying with Target as you progress in years, make copies of everything for your personal file and document any altercations you may have with your higher up. When you do grow up, and when your bubble bursts, you have to be ready.
I used to love Target myself. Shopped there all the time. But I wouldn't go there now if you paid me. What they did to my brother-in-law was just plain wrong. One day, they will pay. maybe not to anyone here, but they will. I think they are evil, but that is just my opinion.
There is nothing interesting about why I chose the name "anomymous", it was simply a push of the wrong button. There is no need to write my actual name....what's the point....it's not like it matters. Every Target operates a little bit differently, I did find a good Target in the meantime and I do have documents of everything I have accomplished and of things that have happened. Hate the corporation all you like, don't buy there products, don't enter their store. It will not make a bit of difference in the long run that you decided not to go to Target. We have a 55 year old team lead that works at our store; he does an amazing job and has been with Target for many years. I believe it all just depends on the persons work ethic, people skills, and the way they handle situations. If one is not all about retail, it can become very boring.
the truth

United States

#58 Jun 6, 2011
its not age discrimination its that they save on payroll by getting rid of the older generation who maxed their paygrade and hire new people at the bottom rung if the payscale.
John

Naples, FL

#59 Jun 6, 2011
Target started eliminating older employees in late 09. I've been with them for 9 years had great reviews ever year and was named top employee of the region in 08. They started coaching older tl out of the building by age and years of service. I new I was next to go since I was 42 years old. Sure enough the bogus coachings began I was even coached for not communicating effectively because I misspelled a word in an email. I saw the new crop of 20 somethings taking over so I tried a new strategy and transferred to a store in Michigan before I went on cca. I have not notice this problem in Michigan probably because it's a strong union state. Good luck to all of the older folks target could give a shit about us we cost them to much cash.
Jennifer

Gilbert, AZ

#60 Jun 6, 2011
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
There is nothing interesting about why I chose the name "anomymous", it was simply a push of the wrong button. There is no need to write my actual name....what's the point....it's not like it matters. Every Target operates a little bit differently, I did find a good Target in the meantime and I do have documents of everything I have accomplished and of things that have happened. Hate the corporation all you like, don't buy there products, don't enter their store. It will not make a bit of difference in the long run that you decided not to go to Target. We have a 55 year old team lead that works at our store; he does an amazing job and has been with Target for many years. I believe it all just depends on the persons work ethic, people skills, and the way they handle situations. If one is not all about retail, it can become very boring.
It may not make a difference to Target, it makes a difference to me and to others! Don't be so smug about this. If you are lucky, good for you! But do not, for one minute, begrudge others who have been mistreated by Target, Corp! Tell your 55 year old team lead to make sure he watches his back.
I, for one, feel good about not stepping foot in Target.
Now, this particular discussion is over.
Jennifer

Gilbert, AZ

#61 Jun 6, 2011
John wrote:
Target started eliminating older employees in late 09. I've been with them for 9 years had great reviews ever year and was named top employee of the region in 08. They started coaching older tl out of the building by age and years of service. I new I was next to go since I was 42 years old. Sure enough the bogus coachings began I was even coached for not communicating effectively because I misspelled a word in an email. I saw the new crop of 20 somethings taking over so I tried a new strategy and transferred to a store in Michigan before I went on cca. I have not notice this problem in Michigan probably because it's a strong union state. Good luck to all of the older folks target could give a shit about us we cost them to much cash.
I'm glad you were able to protect yourself! Good luck and always stay on top of things.
Jennifer

Gilbert, AZ

#62 Jun 6, 2011
Jim wrote:
So happy I found this website. Target always carries itself that it is a good place to work. I disagree. They want so much from their employees and they treat them poorly. I turned 50 last year and I have seen age discrimination. Luckily, this is only a part-time job for me. I thought I was alone, but can see that I am not. Target carries itself as "the anti-Walmart". They think that Walmart sucks (and it does) and they think because they are not Walmart, that is all they have to do. Well, I got news for them.... Keep spreading the word about their discriminatory practices, maybe soemthing will be done, but the management of the company is so poor, I doubt it.
Thank you and I will keep this post up.
I can only hope someone out there will notice and start taking action.
Susan

Cedar Falls, IA

#63 Jun 8, 2011
I find it interesting anonymous did not state how many 50+ ETLs were in the building. One 55 year old TL out of at least 20 leaders in a building is nothing to brag about. Sure there is age discrimination, just look at all the new EITs coming out of business college. In my district we have had a steady reduction of the older ETLs and STLs. Most that were promoted to guest were all on "communication issues". they ran green areas, had great relationship with their teams and were district resources in their respective areas in the previous 6 months. Currently there is a ETL-LOG that is being targeted. Her last birthday she turned 50. She runs a completely green LOG process. Her team respects her and works hard for her. The retention of her team is the best in the building,(which is usually a hard area to retain people). She was the district resource and her last performance review was EX. Her STL is someone that was "fast-tracked" into position. Guess who trained her in the logistics area when she was hired? The ETL who is now on the chopping block. Look at any group of Target stores and you will see scores of 21-30 year old fresh out of college ETLS. The older team members are fine, for now they are safe. In my opinion Target is openly practicing age discrimination in management and no one cares.

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