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Toys "R" Us Sued for Failing to Provide Sign Language Interpreter during Job Interview

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San Jose employment lawyers have recently found the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission taking action against employers that discriminate based on physical or mental disability. Toy retailer giant Toys "R" Us is being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for its failure to provide a sign language interpreter to a job applicant who had a hearing disability.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued the retailer, claiming that the company violated the law when staff at the Columbia Toys "R" Us refused to provide a sign language interpreter for the job applicant. According to the lawsuit filed last week, the retailer also discriminated against the woman, by refusing to hire her based on her disability.

In 2011, the woman who uses sign language to communicate with others, applied for a job at the store. The woman communicates by reading lips, and through written words. When she applied for the “team member” job at the store in Columbia, she was invited for a group interview. Her mother informed the store that the woman was deaf, and would require a sign language interpreter at the time of the interview. However, the store said that the woman could attend the interview, but she would have to provide her own interpreter. The woman's mother attended the interview, and interpreted for her.

Later, when the woman's mother checked up on the status of the woman's application, she received no response from the store. According to the lawsuit against Toys "R" Us, the woman was refused a job because she's deaf, although she is capable of performing all the responsibilities attached to that particular job, and in spite of her physical disability.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit seeks that the court order Toys "R" Us to implement policies that prevent any kind of discrimination against people who suffer from disabilities.

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