The leading toy store retailer Toys"R"Us has agreed to pay $35,000 and provide further relief to settle an EEOC disability discrimination lawsuit.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Toys"R"Us did not provide reasonable accommodation to a deaf job candidate and did not hire her because of her disability.
The EEOC claims that Toys"R"Us was not willing to provide a sign language interpreter for the job candidate's interview. The applicant's mother translated for her during the interview, but Toys"R"Us refused to hire her despite her qualifications and ability to perform the position.
EEOC District Director Spencer Lewis said, "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. Hiring decisions should be made based on an individual's qualifications and not because of a disability."