Shakirra Thomas, a deaf applicant who applied for a job at Toys ‘R’ Us, requested a sign language interpreter at the job interview but was not provided with one.  Thereafter, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Toys "R" Us.  According to Baltimore Sun, the EEOC alleges that the company discriminated against the woman by violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires employers to provide "reasonable accommodations" for job applicants and workers with disabilities.

Disability Discrimination Law:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability discrimination against disabled individuals in all employment practices including job application procedures, hiring, promotions, discharge compensation, and privileges of employment.  Moreover, the ABA Journal states, “Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodation to workers, unless doing so would be an undue hardship.”  Furthermore, the ADA prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of a disability in all programs provided by state and local governments.  To bring a disability discrimination lawsuit under the ADA, individuals may file a complaint with the EEOC.  Remedies under the ADA include compensation and punitive damages.

Frequently Asked Questions About Disability Discrimination:

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