US Deaf News: Toys R Us to pay $35k compensation to Deaf job seeker

Posted on November 6, 2013

A Deaf woman in America is set to receive $35,ooo compensation from the toy shop Toys R Us after being refused an interpreter for a job interview.


Toy retailers Toys R Us are to pay $35k (£26k) to a deaf jobseeker who was not provided an interpreter for her interview, and eventually was turned down for the job.

US federal law enforcement agency the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that after Shakirra Thomas applied for a team member position at the company’s Columbia, Maryland store, she was told she would have to provide her own interpreter.

Thomas’ mother acted as the interpreter, but the firm did not hire Thomas even though she was qualified and able to perform the role.

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