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EEOC Sues Toys R Us for Discrimating Against Deaf Job Applicant

March 22, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Employment

EEOC Sues Toys “R” Us for Disability Discrimination
Retailer  Refused to Provide Accommodation or Hire Deaf Applicant, Federal Agency Says

Press release from U.S. EEOC, 3/19/2013

BALTIMORE –  Toys “R” Us, Inc., one of the world’s largest retailers of toys and juvenile products, violated federal  law when it first refused to provide an interpreter for a deaf applicant and  then failed to hire her, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

The EEOC charged that Shakirra Thomas, who is deaf, applied for a team member position at the retailer’s  Columbia, Md., store in October 2011. Thomas communicates by using American Sign Language, reading lips and  through written word.  When the company  contacted Thomas to attend a group interview, Thomas’ mother advised that Thomas was deaf and requested the company to provide an interpreter for the  interview. The retailer refused and said  that if Thomas wished to attend a group interview in November 2011, then she  would have to provide her own interpreter, the EEOC alleges.

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