Burger King is facing a discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of former employees at the restaurant, according to the Huffington Post. The lawsuit, filed in a Dallas federal court, alleges the restaurant location in Grand Prairie, Texas, violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Plaintiff Ashanti McShan, a Pentecostal Christian, got a job at her local Burger King as a high school senior. McShan, according to the lawsuit, was given permission to wear her religious skirts and head garments as opposed to the standard Burger King uniform. However, when she showed up in her skirt, she was terminated.
“Defendant assured her that she could wear a skirt to work,” the complaint reads. “However, when she arrived at work for orientation, the store management informed Ms. McShan that she could not wear a skirt and that she had to leave the store… The result of the foregoing practices has been to deprive Ashanti McShan of equal employment opportunities because of her religious beliefs and observances as a Christian Pentecostal.”
McShan is seeking actual damages as well as punitive damages. Religious freedom extends to all religions. Many people do not associate religious garments with Christians, but they are granted the same freedoms as all Americans.
Kelsuk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles discrimination attorneys.