Disability Discrimination by Target After Hiring
I have a younger sister who was employed by a Target store located in Lafayette, La approximately 3 weeks ago. She was born with a physical disability that has her wheelchair bound and unable to lift and bend her arms. Mind you all, this is very apparent and she has always been brutally honest about any shortcomings but more than makes up for it with other abilities. They were well aware of what her abilities in being an associate would be and she was under the impression that she would be worked with and they hired her.
Well today, as she was at work, a supervisor approached her and told her she needed to proceed to take care of the clothing in the dressing room. She informed him that this was a near impossible task and he told her that another employee that was in a wheelchair was able to complete these tasks and was promptly fired. Not every person in a wheelchair has the same mobility issues. They were well aware of her particular issues upon hiring her and yet this man has the insensitivity to pigeonhole her into such a vast category instead of trying to find a place that was better suited. Is this a habit of Targets managerial staff and hiring practices? Do you hire people with disabilities to show how caring and understanding you are but when you clearly see that some of the everyday tasks at hand can't be performed you fire them after telling them in the interview that a place would be found for them? Is this your way of avoiding lawsuits and discrimination?
I only use these provocations as an example of questioning because she is one that wants to work and provide for herself and new husband. She doesn't sit at home collecting a check, she wants to work and collect a check like most of America in these lean times. She has been employed by other large companies and always excelled at her job when placed in a situation that she was able to perform to the best of her abilities. Recently I heard a statement that I believe is befitting, "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is ***." Albert Einstein
I will step off of my soapbox now, I don't expect to hear anything from Target on this matter, I will however spread this to every person I can reach via social media, in person or any other method imaginable. I am disgusted with your Manager’s cavalier attitude and ignorance to the level of assuming all persons in a wheelchair have the same capabilities and that she couldn’t be an invaluable asset in another capacity.