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EEOC Files Suit Against Target

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Target Stores. The EEOC alleges that the Target store where 29-year-old Jeremy Schott worked failed to make reasonable accommodations for his cerebral palsy.

According to the lawsuit, the Target store in Orange County reduced Schott’s hours because of his disability, because he struggled to communicate. Furthermore, the store forced him to attend meetings on work issues and job performance without a job coach or another aid to help him communicate, even though both his job coach and parents requested to attend.

According to EEOC attorney Anna Park, Target was aware of Schott’s disabilities when he was hired. Park also stated that Schott was qualified and motivated to work, but that Target failed to provide him with equal opportunities to succeed in the workplace. The EEOC attempted to settle the suit out of court with Target, but the retailer refused. Target has declined to comment on the case thus far.