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In December, two former Target employees filed separate lawsuits against the retailer, alleging they went into work one day, were taken into a back room by human resources and loss prevention staff, accused of stealing money from the company, and threatened with criminal and civil charges unless they agreed to sign statements confessing to theft and promising to pay back the money.