The EEOC claims that Toys "R" Us subjected a deaf job applicant to discrimination by refusing to provider her with a sign language interpreter during a group interview and then by failing to hire her because of her disability.
According to the EEOC, the deaf job applicant, Shakirra Thomas, demonstrated during the job interview that she was qualified for and able to perform the Toys "R" Us team member position that she applied for.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges that the conduct of Toys "R" Us during Thomas' job interview violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants with disabilities unless it would cause an undue hardship. The ADA also prohibits employers from subjecting job applicants to discrimination by refusing to hire them because of a disability.
EEOC Attorney Debra Lawrence said, "It's not only bad business to forgo hiring a qualified employee simply because of fears, biases or stereotypes against people with disabilities, it's also a violation of the law."