California retail employees may be interested to learn that Target Corp. announced on Aug. 24 that they would settle with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after they were accused of discriminating during the hiring process. They agreed to pay $2.8 million to applicants who were affected.

The retailer reportedly used employment assessments that screened out certain applicants based on their gender and race. According to the EEOC, the assessments were not as focused on the actual job as they needed to be. One assessment also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects applicants from being forced to undergo medical exams prior to receiving a job offer.

The EEOC stated that thousands of applicants were affected by the assessments. A spokesperson for the company reported that the discrimination in the assessments did not affect the actual hiring process. Target is reportedly no longer using those particular assessments or working with the vendor that performed the psychological assessments. The spokesperson also stated that the company was not involved in improper behavior regarding the assessments but agreed to the settlement to avoid litigation.

In California, employees and applicants are protected against gender, age and race discrimination. If there is evidence that a person was discriminated against and this caused him or her to suffer damages, such as lost wages, an employment attorney may assist with filing a claim against the company. If the person was fired as a result, the attorney may also help with a wrongful termination lawsuit. Depending on the case circumstances, the person may seek compensation for promotions that were denied, for harassment that was not stopped and for any mental anguish that was experienced.

Source: ABC News, “Target Corp. Agrees to Pay $2.8M Discrimination Settlement”, Aug. 24, 2015