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April 19, 2013 / Jaspreet Tiwana

Toys “R” Us Sued for Disability Discrimination

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has brought a lawsuit in Maryland against Toys “R” Us for disability discrimination. The lawsuit has alleged that the toy retailer violated federal law when it refused to provide an interpreter for a deaf applicant and subsequently failed to hire her.

Shakirra Thomas, who is deaf, applied for a team member position at Toys “R” Us’s Columbia store in October 2011.  Upon being contacted by Toys “R” Us for a group interview, Thomas’s mother advised that Thomas was deaf and requested that the company provide an interpreter for the interview. Toys “R” Us refused to provide the interpreter, and stated that if Thomas needed an interpreter for the November 2011 interview, she would have to provide for one through her own efforts. Ultimately, Thomas’s mother served as her interpreter during the interview. However, Toy “R” Us refused to hire Thomas despite her qualifications and ability to perform the team member position, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Title I of the ADA and California labor law  prohibit employers from discriminating against qualified individuals on the basis of disability in regard to hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, or terms of employment. Furthermore, the ADA mandates that employers must make reasonable accommodations for the mental or physical limitations of employees or applicants.

If you feel that you may have been discriminated against by your employer or a potential employer because of a disability, please contact Khorrami, LLP for a private consultation.

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