Target Pays Current Worker To Settle Disability Discrimination
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 24, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA--Target Corporation has agreed to pay $95,000 to an employee for discriminating against her because she has multiple sclerosis.
The lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), charged that Target failed to provide a reasonable accommodation to Susan Stombaugh. The EEOC said that Target refused to transfer Stombaugh to a vacant position after her disability interfered with her ability to perform her current job.
The federal agency also claimed that a Target supervisor had given confidential information about Stombaugh's disability to another prospective employer.
To settle the suit Target agreed to compensate Stombaugh, to comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provide training to its management staff, and continue to maintain an anti-harassment policy.
"I really enjoy my job at Target," said Stombaugh. "I have not experienced any problems since leaving my former store, and my supervisors and coworkers have worked hard to assist and accommodate me in my current position."
The EEOC enforces a number of federal anti-discrimination laws, including Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act which prohibits disability-related discrimination against employees in the private sector and state and local governments.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission