SAN DIEGO — Target Corp. has agreed to pay $160,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit stemming the retailer’s treatment of an employee at a Foothill Ranch, Calif. store, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said. The EEOC’s case charged that Target failed to ensure accommodations for an employee who suffered from cerebral palsy.
After first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement, the parties ultimately entered into a three-year consent decree, which also required that Target designate an Americans with Disabilities Act corporate level human resources department and implement a company-wide policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodations.
The Minneapolis-based company also agreed to train executive team leaders and team lead employees on handling requests for reasonable accommodations, EEOC said. Target will also submit reports to the EEOC regarding certain complaints of disability discrimination occurring within Target’s corporate district encompassing the store in question.