2:11 pm - 12/11/2012

Katt Williams Slap Victim Fired by TARGET


The Target employee who was PIMP SLAPPED in the face by Katt Williams says he's been FIRED from his job ...even though HE was the one who was attacked.

TMZ broke the story ... Forrest Liebenberg was having a calm conversation with the comic in the Northern California store when Katt slapped him in the face for no apparent reason. Liebenberg didn't strike back ... instead he pulled out his phone and called for help.

After the incident, Forrest told CBS13 he'd been terminated from his job with no explanation -- saying, “They weren’t very clear, but it is obvious to me that it was based on this incident.”

He added, "Maybe I was a little uninformed about how seriously the situation was with Target, but obviously it is pretty serious."

Forrest says he doesn't know if Target believes he's the person who leaked the security footage to TMZ. He also claims he is NOT the leaker.

11:22 AM PT -- A Target spokesperson confirms Forrest has been fired from the store ... but explains, "His departure was unrelated to the video footage that has appeared online."

The rep adds, "Out of respect for the privacy of this individual, we cannot discuss the reasons for his departure."

exlenne 11th-Dec-2012 07:48 pm (UTC)
Wasn't this in California?

Aren't they an at-will state? Pretty sure they can freely fire you for absolutely no reason if they so choose, no?`
dumpweeds 11th-Dec-2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
yep. unless you can prove that it was because of race/gender/sexuality/etc., you pretty much can't do shit about it
exlenne 11th-Dec-2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we live in an at-will state and my mother went through it. She was framed for stealing from the vault by her boss (another woman) who had it out for her for years, and had evidence to back it up, spent years building a court case ... and then her lawyer was like "You pay me to be honest with you, and well ... we're probably gonna lose."

The same store also systematically fired all of their black employees, one after another, and forced a sight-impaired elderly man into retirement despite the fact that he was a glorified greeter who was adored by the customers (and also black).

And they got away with all of it.

It was The Home Depot, btw. I don't even care, fuck them.
xbellaxmiax 11th-Dec-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
holy shit that's fucked up.
i didn't know about these "at-will" states. not cool.
so_chic_doll 12th-Dec-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
i've only ever worked in "at-will" states. i just thought that's how everywhere was haha
wuzzagoinon 12th-Dec-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
I worked at HD for three days and quit midshift because the company was horrible. Fuck them.
slashgordon 13th-Dec-2012 05:59 am (UTC)
They're awful. My aunt and I used to work for one of their plant vendors. They make employees attend "pep rallies" on their days off and none of the employees I've met seem like they enjoy working there.
exlenne 13th-Dec-2012 06:02 am (UTC)
My Mom actually loved it when she first starting working there. The first 5 years or so she loved going to work every day. Her associates, her boss, the customers. It was hard work but she came home in a good mood nearly every day.

Then they replaced her boss with some woman-hating racist shrew and it all fell apart. She went through the hell of unemployment and the drawn out legal stuff, and her new job is slowly killing her. Retail is a bitch.
ljubavirakija 12th-Dec-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
Da fuq? That's some serious bullshit.
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