PASADENA, Calif. – A mother in California has filed a lawsuit against Target claiming her son was so emotionally devastated by his firing that he took his own life.
According to KTLA, 22-year-old Graham Gentles worked as a cashier at Target until he was fired in July 2014.
“His life had been destroyed at that moment,” Virginia Gentles told KTLA.
In a lawsuit against the retail giant, Virginia Gentles claims Target security arrested Graham as he arrived for work. She says he was then paraded through the store in handcuffs past coworkers and customers during a practice known as “the walk of shame.”
His mother said her son — who was diagnosed with Asperger’s, a form of autism — did not understand why he was being treated that way.
Graham later jumped to his death from the roof of a hotel in California.
Since Gentles came forward with her story, at least one other family said their child with Asperger’s received the same treatment by Target managers.
In a statement, the store said:
“The allegations in the lawsuit of a Target policy or practice are simply not true. There is no such policy. As this is pending litigation, we don’t have further comment at this time.”