Target "sorry" for training saying not all Hispanics eat tacos, wear sombreros

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Three former Hispanic employees are suing Target Corp. for discrimination and retaliation, citing a training document reminding managers that not all Hispanics eat tacos and burritos, dance to salsa or wear sombreros.

The lawsuit, filed in California's Yolo County on June 24, alleges that Caucasian managers at a warehouse in Woodland regularly used racial slurs when addressing Hispanic workers. The suit also cites a company document featuring common stereotypes and tips on how to manage Hispanic workers.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said the company was "sorry" for the content of the document. She said it was not part of any "formal or company-wide training" and was only used at one distribution center.

The lawsuit also alleges that Target terminated many of its older Hispanic employees. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

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