EEOC v. Target Corp. and Sigal Construction v. Stanbury (1415 words)

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Case Analyses

Select TWO court cases (from different chapters) from the list below, and respond in writing to the case questions. Use parenthetical citations and a corresponding works cited list when referencing specific information from the text or other sources, and follow other prescribed guidelines for APA format.

Cases:
•EEOC v. Target Corp. (Ch 4, p 113)
•Sigal Construction v. Stanbury (Ch 5, p. 153)

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EEOC v. Target Corp.

1. What were the legal issues in this case? What did the appeals court decide?

In broad strokes, there were two legal issues in this case. First, the EEOC alleged that Target had been discriminatory, on the basis of race, in its screening of potential candidates for assistant store manager positions – a Title VII violation of the Civil Rights Act. Second, the EEOC alleged that Target had failed to meet its legal obligations to “make and preserve records relevant to the determination whether unlawful employment practices had been, or were being, committed” (Walsh, 2013, p.113). The US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin dismissed the case; the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago took up the appeal (eeoc.gov, 2007).

Regarding the EEOC’s charges of disparate treatment, the framework established in McDonnell Douglas v. Green was used by both the District Court and the Appeals Court to determine whether, ultimately, the explanation provided by Target was “merely a pretext for discrimination” (Duhaime.org, n.d.); both parties agreed that an instance of disparate treatment had occurred; Target offered a nondiscriminatory explanation; the EEOC then bore the burden of demonstrating that the explanation was in fact a pretext for discrimination.

The Appeals Court found that the...
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