Another #RaiseTheWage success story! Report: Target employees earning higher minimum wage are making less money and losing benefits

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Distressing news today, as it seems that Target’s decision to increase its minimum wage hasn’t worked out so great for employees:

More from CNN:

CNN Business interviewed 23 current and former Target employees in recent months, including department managers, who say hours have been scaled back even as Target has increased starting wages. Many of these workers say the cuts, which come as Target’s business is in its strongest position in more than a decade, have hurt them financially. CNN Business agreed to withhold the last names of several of the current employees and the city where their store is located so they could speak freely.

“I got that dollar raise but I’m getting $200 less in my paycheck,” said one, Heather, who started in November at a Florida store working around 40 hours a week. She’s now below 20 some weeks, she said. “I have no idea how I’m going to pay rent or buy food.”

Beyond just a drop in earnings that Target workers who spoke with CNN Business have experienced, employees who average fewer than 30 hours of work a week during the year aren’t eligible to qualify for health insurance benefits through the company during annual enrollment season in the spring. Target offers health insurance benefits to eligible employees who average more than 30 hours a week, according to the company. Target does not publicly disclose other requirements to qualify for health insurance benefits.

Wow. Crazy!

If only!

To be clear, we’re not rejoicing in Target employees’ financial hardships. But anyone with even a basic understanding of fundamental economic principles could and should have seen this coming from miles away.