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Discrimination suit filed by employee against Target

Indiana workers may be interested in a case pending in Texas as an employee of a Houston Target has alleged racial and disability discrimination. The plaintiff is a man who has worked for the retail company since 1993. He has had different positions at various locations in the area. According to reports, the man suffers from impaired mobility due to rods placed in his back, and he also deals with dyslexia and autism. According to the suit, these issues have not prevented the man from performing essential duties on the job.

The man dates instances of discrimination to 2009, a time when he notes that a supervisor and co-workers harassed and abused him. A report of his concerns to human resources allegedly resulted in increased and more severe harassment. Another protest was made in 2011. This was reportedly followed by a dramatic reduction in hours, resulting in a loss of benefits. Although a complaint was registered with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there has been no compensation for the distress and loss of work time.

The Americans with Disabilities Act may play an important part in this case as the attorneys assisting the worker endeavor to show that discrimination has occurred due to their client's disabilities. Such discrimination is prohibited in various work environments, including commercial facilities. Additionally, the attorneys may rely on human resources documentation of previous reports to demonstrate a progression in the level and longevity of the alleged abuses.

Documentation may be helpful in assembling a claim of employment discrimination. It may be wise to discuss an abusive work environment with an attorney in order to determine how to best address such issues. Before filing a claim, it may be necessary to go through established steps in the workplace to ensure that an employer is given the opportunity to correct a problem. An attorney may be able to guide a client through this process.

Source: ADA.gov, "The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III"

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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