According to a lawsuit filed against Target this week, three of the company's warehouse locations used a training document on "cultural tips" that contained a combination of ridiculously obvious and stereotypical, offensive pieces of advice related to Hispanic workers, the Huffington Post reports. Breaking news: They might now all be wearing sombreros. (Seriously, that was in there.)
Here's an excerpt from the list, according to the lawsuit:
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.
Molly Snyder, a spokeswoman for Target, told the Huffington Post that the document was used during conversations at a company distribution center. She said it was not part of any "formal or companywide training." Seems to us that whoever sat down and wrote this list, thinking it was helpful, is the one who's really in need of "tips."
Read more at the Huffington Post.