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Orange County Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Target

August 26, 2009

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a disability discrimination lawsuit on Monday against national retail chain Target Stores, Inc., on behalf of Jeremy Schott, a disabled Orange County employee from the Foothill Ranch Target Store. The complaint alleges that Target illegally denied Schott equal rights.

The EEOC claimed in the lawsuit that Target discriminated on the basis of disability by cutting down Schott's work hours because of his cerebral palsy, even though Target hired him in 2002 with full awareness of his mental disabilities, as well as his need for reasonable accommodation.

According to the EEOC, Schott struggled to communicate during in-person meetings, and was promised to have a job coach or parent assist in the process. Target allegedly had full knowledge of Schott's disabilities, yet failed to contact Schott's job coach or family for assistance when discussing work issues and job performance reviews in meetings. Although repeated requests had been made by both Schott's job coach and parents, Schott attended the meetings alone, and was unable to effectively communicate due to his disabilities.

The EEOC claims that Schott was a motivated and qualified employee, and that Target illegally denied Schott an equal opportunity to succeed in his job. The lawsuit accuses Target of violating Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

The EEOC Press Release claims that the lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, after the EEOC tried to reach a settlement with Target out of court.

Target reports operation of more than 1,700 stores in 49 states nationwide, which includes 245 Super Target stores. Target is based in Minneapolis.

Target Stores Sued For Disability Discrimination, EEOC Press Release, August 24, 2009

Target Sued Over Disabled Local Worker, The Orange County Register, August 24, 2009

EEOC Sues Target for Disability Discrimination, Los Angeles Times/ AP, August 25, 2009

Target Sued On Behalf of Disabled Employee, The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, August 25, 2009

Suit Alleges Target Stores Discriminated Against Employee With Disabilities, Disabilityscoop.com, August 25, 2009

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