NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Target is paying more than $3.7 million to settle a lawsuit that said its hiring process, which automatically rejected people with criminal backgrounds, disproportionately kept blacks and Hispanics from getting entry-level jobs at its stores.

As part of the settlement, Target has agreed to hire outside experts to review how it deals with applicants who have criminal backgrounds.

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Target says it has already made changes to its hiring process since it became aware of complaints from a job applicant more than a decade ago.

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According to the lawsuit, blacks and Hispanics were harmed by the hiring system because they are arrested and incarcerated at higher rates than whites.

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The suit cited “systemic discrimination in the criminal justice system.”

Target had about 345,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees as of February.

There are nearly 50 Target stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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