If you worked at a Yolo County, Calif., Target warehouse in the last couple years, chances are good that you received a reminder from your bosses that not all Hispanics “wear sombreros.”
That message was part of a document titled “Organization Effectiveness, Employee and Labor Relations Multi-Cultural Tips,” which was allegedly distributed to managers at the warehouse. It’s also a key element in a lawsuit filed by three former Hispanic employees, who claim their ousting was racially driven.
The document included these tips regarding Hispanic stereotypes, according to the lawsuit, details of which were printed at CourthouseNews.com
a. Food: not everyone eats tacos and burritos;
b. Music: not everyone dances to salsa;
c. Dress: not everyone wears a sombrero;
d. Mexicans (lower education level, some may be undocumented);
e. Cubans (Political refugees, legal status, higher education level); and
f. They may say 'OK, OK' and pretend to understand, when they do not, just to save face.
The three former employees also claim their bosses used racial slurs when speaking to them.
Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder confirmed to The Huffington Post
that the document was “used during conversations at a company distribution center.” However, she told the site, it wasn’t part of any sanctioned company training.
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Snyder apologized on behalf of the company:
"It is never Target’s intent to offend our team members or guests and we apologize," she told HuffPo