July 26, 2018 - berrsim
Discrimination at Tarshit
So recently I began working at Target in the soft lines department and stopped working there about a month and a half later. While working at Target, a coworker has shown prejudiced behavior. One day at work, after saying that I was Arab/Middle Eastern, she asked me from which country and I said Iraq. After that, she said exactly, “Give me a year and I’ll make fun of you for that”. She threatened to mock me regarding my country of origin at my own workplace. Although I brushed it off to avoid conflict, it made me feel uncomfortable. I usually don’t mind jokes, but I don’t KNOW her personally. She was African American, and I know if I had made that remark to her I would be crucified.
Even though I am no longer employed there I would like to speak up. I worry for the future employees from ethnic minorities that may potentially receive the same treatment. I know for a fact that this behavior goes against Target’s mission of inclusivity. I emailed guest relations and they told me to “contact your local human resources department”, but I don’t know what that means? Thank you.