On April 5, 2018, Outten & Golden LLP along with our co-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., filed a disparate impact class action lawsuit Target Corp. in the federal district court for the Southern District of New York. The case, Times v. Target Corp., was brought by Plaintiffs Carnella Times and Erving Smith and an Organizational Plaintiff, The Fortune Society. The lawsuit alleges that Target violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by utilizing a job applicant screening process that systematically eliminated qualified African-Americans and Latinos from jobs based on their race or national origin. The lawsuit also claims that Target systematically eliminated from consideration job applicants who it contends falsified their criminal histories without probing the nature of the discrepancy between the application and the criminal history search result.
The case is Times v. Target Corp., No. 18 Civ. 2993 (S.D.N.Y.). On May 14, 2018, the Court granted preliminary approval of the parties’ class action settlement. Individuals interested in the lawsuit may provide information by visiting https://www.targetcriminalhistorydiscrimination.com. Individuals may also contact Ossai Miazad, Cheryl-Lyn Bentley or Christopher M. McNerney at (212) 245-1000.