12 March 2021 | According to HRDIVE, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims a Miami hotel unlawfully fired an Adventist employee over her religious views.
The Adventist woman was fired for refusing to work on Saturday. The EEOC says that in terminating the Adventist employee, Noble House Solé, LLC violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“The hotel accommodated the woman’s beliefs for 10 months without issue. But a new director of housekeeping arrived and scheduled her to work a Saturday shift. When the woman said she could not work on her Sabbath, the worker allegedly was told: “If you are unable to work on Saturdays, your place is not here.” Solé House fired the employee after she failed to report to work on the first Saturday that she was scheduled,” reported HRDIVE.
“Employees should not have to choose between their religious beliefs and their livelihood,” EEOC regional attorney Robert Weisberg said in a statement revealing the lawsuit. “If an employer can accommodate an employee’s request not to work on the Sabbath without undue hardship, it should do so.”
“When there is a conflict between an employee’s religious beliefs and work rules, the law requires employers to look for workable solutions,” EEOC Miami District Office Acting District Director Bradley A. Anderson said, according to HRDIVE.
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