Minnesota workers might be interested in the case of a man who filed a lawsuit against Target. The suit claims the disabled man faced racial discrimination and harassment in the workplace. The plaintiff started working for Target in 1993 at stores in Houston. The suit was filed in a district court in Texas, and he asks for front pay, actual damages, punitive and compensatory damages, reinstatement, and payment of all attorney fees and court costs.
The plaintiff notes he suffers from dyslexia and autism, and his mobility is impaired by surgical rods implanted in his back. However, the suit says he has always been able to do the work given to him. However, he alleges that his coworkers discriminated against him because he was white. Specifically, he says he was given menial jobs, and his work schedule was changed frequently even though it caused him significant difficulty. He reported the discriminatory acts and harassment by coworkers and supervisory personnel to the department of human resources of the company. This allegedly made things worse, and he was made the target of ridicule and false accusations.
After taking steps to protest his treatment, the man’s hours were cut in 2011 to five hours from approximately 35 to 40 per week. Because of this, he no longer received benefits. The man complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding his treatment, but he suggests that he has not received any compensation after that action.
Workplace discrimination takes many forms, but discrimination due to disabilities or race is expressly banned by federal laws. A worker who that feels they were discriminated against due to race or physical limitations might benefit from a consultation with an attorney. The attorney may offer guidance into the way an employee might best deal with this situation. The attorney might also help the worker file a complaint with the EEOC or pursue a workplace discrimination suit against the employer in court.
Source: Southeast Texas Record, “Target sued by employee who cites racial, disability discrimination in the workplace“, Matt Russell, July 29, 2014