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Worker sues Target for workplace discrimination

Readers in California might be interested to know that an employee of Target Corporation is suing the company for racial and disability discrimination and retaliation. The filing was submitted in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas on July 23.

The lawsuit states that the man is dyslexic and autistic and that his mobility is impaired because of two rods in his back. However, the impaired mobility does not hinder him from completing all necessary job tasks. He has worked at three Houston Target locations since 1993 and has been under the supervision of mainly African-American colleagues who either adjusted his schedule in a way that made it hard for him because of his disabilities or gave him tedious tasks to complete.

The filing also states that the man was subjected to harassment and abuse from his colleagues and supervisor starting in 2009. The situation worsened after he reported the issue to human resources; his co-workers reportedly made false allegations and taunted him. When he objected to the way he was being treated in October 2011, his hours were cut from 35 to 40 per week to just five per week, resulting in lost benefits.

The man submitted a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission but has not received compensation for emotional distress or been reinstated to full-time working hours. In the lawsuit, he is seeking liquidated and actual damages, punitive and compensatory damages, front pay or reinstatement, costs and lawyer fees.

The EEOC ensures the compliance of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for a person to be the subject of workplace discrimination because of the individual's race, national origin, gender, religion or color. The EEOC also enforces Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Employees who are subjected to workplace discrimination could be awarded compensation for damages or job reinstatement.

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 'Laws Enforced by EEOC"

Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Target sued by employee who cites racial, disability discrimination in the workplace", Matt Russell, July 29, 2014

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