RACIAL TARGETING?: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Friday filed suit against Target Corp. alleging that the discounter violated civil rights laws by regularly destroying the applications of African Americans and others attending minority job fairs seeking entry-level management jobs in some Wisconsin stores. The action also seeks relief for African American job-seekers not hired since Jan. 1, 2000. A spokesman for Target said the company is currently awaiting details on the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

FASHION BOOST: Hearst Magazines and Chic Simple Ltd., publishers of the Chic Simple book series, have teamed up to jointly produce a magazine outsert to be polybagged with Marie Claire; O, the Oprah Magazine; Redbook, and House Beautiful. The print run will be 400,000 copies. The first two issues of the outsert will appear in October and December, with expanded frequency in 2003. The outsert will cover apparel, home, lifestyle and travel and will carry advertising. Kim Johnson Gross and Jeff Stone, co-founders and editors of the 23 Chic Simple books, will be the editorial directors of the magazine outsert.

PARGE TO PARISIAN: Saks Inc. has named Howard Parge senior vice president of stores for its Parisian division, responsible for all store operations at the 41-store Birmingham, Ala.-based chain. Parge, who starts Feb. 11, fills a position last held by John Reese, who resigned in November. He will report to Rob Gruen, president and chief executive of Parisian. A 30-year retail veteran, Parge most recently served as senior vice president of store operations for Wards Stores from 1997 to 2001 and held the same position for Roses Stores from 1992 to 1997. From 1979-1992, he held management posts with Target Stores Inc.

OUT OF LIM-BO: The Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, a private independent college specializing in the business of fashion, has appointed Elizabeth Marcuse, a third generation of the college’s founding family, as its new vice president and chief operating officer. Marcuse was director of retail planning for Donna Karan prior to joining LIM and also worked with Lane Bryant and Macy’s. Lenore Benson has been named LIM’s director of external affairs and Elizabeth Csordas director of career services. In other news at the college, LIM is offering first-night performance preview tickets for the Broadway production of “The Graduate” featuring Kathleen Turner and Alicia Silverstone. Priced at $250 per ticket, LIM has 250 tickets available for the March 21 premiere. The price of the ticket includes a pre-theater reception. Money raised from the sale of the tickets will benefit the LIM Foundation Scholarship Fund.

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