ESPN Crikey Reporter (CBS) Target’s executive vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, Joe DeMarco, has been fired after the company announced that he would be leaving his post.
DeMarco was the second person at Target to be terminated following a sexual harassment investigation, the company said on Thursday.
The announcement came after a meeting of Target’s board of directors, which ended with the board calling for the resignation of CEO Gregg Steinhafel and CEO David Wells.
DeMarcus is the second Target executive to be fired following a scandal that began when a former employee accused Target of retaliating against him for reporting sexual harassment and discrimination complaints.
Target announced Thursday that SteinhAFEL will be stepping down as executive vice-president of global communications, while Wells will be leaving as president of retail.
The decision to fire DeMarco came in a meeting with the company’s board on Thursday, the first time Target CEO Gregg Williams has publicly acknowledged the firing of a CEO in his 30-year history.
Target CEO Gregg Steiger is shown during a press conference in Minneapolis in November.AP Photo/Matt York Target’s CEO Gregg DeMarco (left) talks to reporters on March 14, 2021.
The company said in a statement that DeMarco had been removed from the company.
Target’s senior vice president for public affairs and public policy, Joe Bodega, will remain as vice president and executive vice President of Target Stores.
Target is also making changes to the company to include gender equity, diversity and inclusion and to enhance its workplace culture.
“We are moving forward with the most important steps of this transition,” Target said in the statement.
“We have made significant improvements to our leadership team, and we have strengthened our workplace culture.”
The board’s vote to terminate DeMarco comes a month after the retail giant was accused of retaliatory retaliation against two female employees.
On Friday, the board voted 3-2 to fire Wells and Steinhaffel.
The board also voted 3,732-2 in favor of firing Wells and 2,051-2 against firing Steinhafi.
Target said the company had already terminated Wells.
Steinhafels resignation came days after Target was placed on notice by the U.S. Department of Justice for its handling of a lawsuit alleging that it retaliated against an employee who brought a sexual assault allegation against the company over the last five years.
The complaint was brought against Target by the American Civil Liberties Union.
The complaint alleged that Target failed to take action against a male employee, whom the union said was sexually harassed by a senior Target manager.
The lawsuit was settled in May, with Target agreeing to pay the ACLU $200,000.
The ACLU’s lawsuit against Target, which was filed in May 2018, alleged that the company failed to protect its female employees from discrimination and retaliation because of their gender.