Hi folks, well after I wrote the story about the deaf couple in Bed bath and Beyond being told not to wave their hands(communicate with american sign language)
The horror stories about the mistreatment of American citizens by corporate and government America have flooded in. and the one below is the worst of the bunch,
I have a problem applied online application for a job…one of the company named Toy R’ US emailed me rejected me again.. last year in 2012 and this year 2013. I looked up website to see deaf people applied to this company 5 lawsuit against Toy R US. So I went to the store today (12-23-13) and ask for HR manager…one of employee said what the purpose to see HR, I looked for a job. The employee said sorry the store is not hiring anyone right now. I told her that this is second time, 2012 and 2013. I am deaf and this company is discrimated against handicapped. I already research online and 5 deaf lawsuit against your company. I will be next lawsuit to your company. She stared at me as I walked out. I hope many customers will start complained to Toy R US. I will yell at customers …dont buy toys from Toy R US…they are not hiring handicapped people to work. That is violation of ADA laws.
So I started to do some research to validate the claims made by the writer and it seems toys’r’us have mistaken the Americans with disabilities act for toilet paper not the federal law that it is You may not here the law toys,r,us but the deaf community will you hear roar when your prosecuted and I will put this blog behind the suit.
Toys”R”Us Will Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit
Retailer Refused to Accommodate or Hire Deaf Applicant, Federal Agency Said
BALTIMORE – Toys”R”Us, Inc., one of the world’s largest retailers of toys and juvenile products, will pay $35,000 and provide significant equitable relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.
According to the EEOC’s suit, after Shakirra Thomas applied for a team member position at the retailer’s Columbia, Md., store, Toys”R”Us contacted her and requested that she attend a group interview. The EEOC said that when Thomas’s mother told Toys”R”Us that Thomas was deaf and requested that it provide an interpreter for the interview, the retailer said that Thomas would have to provide her own interpreter for the interview. Thomas communicates by using American Sign Language, reading lips and through the written word.
According to the lawsuit, Thomas’s mother interpreted for her during a group interview, but the retailer refused to hire Thomas despite her qualifications and ability to perform the team member position, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Disability discrimination in employment violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provides that employers provide reasonable accommodations where necessary to individuals with disabilities, including to applicants. The EEOC first attempted to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process before filing suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Division (EEOC v. Toys”R”Us-Delaware, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-00756-CCB).
“This settlement should remind all employers that, absent an undue hardship, the ADA requires providing a reasonable accommodation to job applicants and employees who request one,” said EEOC District Director Spencer H. Lewis, Jr. of the EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office. “Hiring decisions should be made based on an individual’s qualifications and not because of a disability.”
In addition to the $35,000 in monetary relief to Thomas, the three-year consent decree resolving the lawsuit enjoins Toys”R”Us from future discrimination on the basis of disability. Toys”R”Us will provide training on the ADA, including non-discriminatory interviewing and hiring practices, to managers and supervisors at its Columbia store and at 24 other stores in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The retailer will also post a notice regarding the resolution of the lawsuit.
EEOC Regional Attorney Debra M. Lawrence added, “We are pleased that Toys”R”Us worked with us to resolve this lawsuit. This settlement, including the extensive training provisions, should protect applicants and employees from disability discrimination.”
According to its website, http://www.toysrusinc.com, Toys”R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 people worldwide.
The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC oversees Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia and parts of New Jersey and Ohio.
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the agency is available at its website, http://www.eeoc.gov.
If anything similar has happenned to you please contact me via my blog.