Target stands by decision to fire security guard after he reported shoplifting
|Picture of Dallas Northington via Facebook|
"We have conducted a full investigation and don't believe there is any merit to this individual's claims," spokeswoman Molly Snyder says with regard to allegations made by Dallas Northington, a former employee at the company's Leesburg, Virginia, store.
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In a Washington Post report, Northington, a married 29-year-old father of two with a third child on the way, says he was canned after he called police to report shoplifting he later learned might have been perpetrated by a Fairfax County sheriff's deputy.
Bypassing his corporate higher-ups and directly reporting shoplifting to police was standard practice for Northington, the eight-year Target veteran says. But just days after reporting a man he and his supervisors identified as a deputy for shoplifting, he was fired for "gross misconduct."
"He said he was told he had violated a policy on confidentiality by contacting police without approval, providing the surveillance video to police and not filling out internal paperwork before doing so," the Post reports.
Adding to the intrigue, around the same time Northington was fired, the deputy who allegedly shoplifted retired from the sheriff's office. He hasn't yet been charged with any crimes in connection with the alleged shoplifting, which took place on May 27.
Northington has a lawyer and a lawsuit against Target is being considered, the Post reports.
Reached for comment yesterday, Snyder, the Target spokesperson, confirmed that the company stands by its decision to terminate Northington. An email she forwarded to us later in the day suggests there's more to the story than the Post is reporting.
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