Company Settles Religious Discrimination Suit for US$110,000
14 January 2011
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Measurement Incorporated has agreed to pay US$110,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit, filed against it by the EEOC. Measurement Incorporated had allegedly fired Jacqueline Dukes when she refused to work on her Sabbath, a prohibition imposed by the Christian denomination that Ms Dukes belongs to. The Civil Rights Act “requires employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer”. In addition to the penalty, Measurement Incorporated is prohibited from engaging in similar conduct, must provide anti-discrimination training, post a notice about the lawsuit, and regularly report on its handling of religious accommodation requests.
EEOC’s media release (6 January 2011)