The Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Target Corporation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in February 2002. The complaint alleged that the Defendant violated Title VII's prohibition of race discrimination by failing to hire African Americans and failing to keep appropriate records to determine whether unlawful employment practices had taken place. Both parties moved for summary judgment, and Target was granted its motion, which the EEOC appealed. In a published opinion, the Seventh Circuit reversed the district court's granting of summary judgment for Target and remanded the case (460 F.3d 946 (7th Cir. 2006)).
On remand, both parties moved for partial summary judgment; the EEOC was denied its motion and Target was granted its motion. In December 2007, the parties entered into a consent decree. The consent decree required the defendant to pay a total of $510,000 to the four complainants. It also required Target to not discriminate or retaliate; to train all employees in the Madison and Milwaukee areas about race discrimination; to implement policies that promote supervisor accountability; and to post a notice about employee rights under Title VII.Kevin Wilemon - 05/19/2008