EEOC sues Target for disability discrimination

August 25, 2009 7:01:39 AM PDT
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Target Stores Inc., alleging the retailer failed to make reasonable accommodations for a California employee with cerebral palsy. The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana argues that a Target store in Orange County reduced 29-year-old Jeremy Schott's hours because of his medical conditions.

EEOC attorney Anna Park says Schott struggled to communicate, but was forced to go to meetings involving work issues and job performance without a job coach or parent to help him, even though his job coach and parents had asked to attend.

Park says Minneapolis-based Target was aware of Schott's disabilities and needs when he was hired.

Target did not return a call for comment Monday afternoon.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Target Stores Inc., alleging the retailer failed to make reasonable accommodations for a California employee with cerebral palsy.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles alleges that a Target store in Orange County reduced 29-year-old Jeremy Schott's hours because of his medical conditions.

EEOC attorney Anna Park says Schott struggled to communicate, but was forced to go to meetings involving work issues and job performance without a job coach or parent to help him, even though his job coach and parents had asked to attend.

Park says Minneapolis-based Target was aware of Schott's disabilities and needs when he was hired.

Target did not return a call for comment Monday afternoon.

(This version CORRECTS dateline, court location and day suit was filed)

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