"Federal law has long prohibited treating employees differently because of their race," Cotton stated in the letters, reminding the firms of the Supreme Court's recent declaration that "eliminating racial discrimination means eliminating all of it."
A group of 15 waste management employees who serviced vineyards owned by Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Gov. Gavin Newsom in California are seeking a hefty $300 million in damages from a Napa Valley landfill.
Senator Cotton's argument is that Target's race-based initiatives, which purportedly aim to increase diversity and inclusion, may actually contravene federal civil rights laws by actively discriminating based on race.
Non-profit civil rights activism group National Action Network, headed by Rev. Al Sharpton, has warned it will "mobilize" against McDonald's unless the company addresses accusations of racial discrimination.