Annie Hunt Apr. 11, 2016, 6:56pm


PHILADELPHIA — An autistic man is suing his former employer over allegations of intentionally discriminatory behavior.

Matthew Adams filed a lawsuit on March 6 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Toys R Us-Delaware Inc. and Toys R Us Inc., citing a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

According to the complaint, Adams is an autistic individual who began employment with the defendant on June 27, 2013. The plaintiff works with the help of a Delaware County Intermediate Unit job coach, the suit says.

On Sept. 9, 2014, the store hired a new manager who allegedly treated Adams differently from the other employees on the basis of his disability, according to the suit. The plaintiff avers that he was no longer permitted to work with his job coach and was subjected to a pattern of discriminatory behavior from his manager.

Adams seeks compensatory damages under the ADA. He is represented by Franklin J. Rooks Jr. and Jared A. Jacobson of Jacobson & Rooks LLC, in Marlton, New Jersey.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:16-cv-01576

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