A manufacturing company based in Birmingham, Alabama has agreed to settle a religious-based discrimination lawsuit for $25,000, according to WorkForce.com. Plaintiff James Wright filed the lawsuit with assistance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after he was denied a position at an Altec Industries Inc. facility in North Carolina. Wright disclosed that he is a Seventh Day Adventist and working between sundown on Friday and sundown on Saturday was against his religion.
The EEOC alleges that refusing to hire Wright was in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Altec Industries agreed to the settlement amount as well as implementing tolerance training for its managers.
“An employer cannot refuse to hire an applicant to avoid making a religious accommodation,” said EEOC attorney Lynette Barnes. “When there is a conflict between a religious belief and work rule, the law mandates that employers make a sincere effort to accommodate those beliefs, including at the application stage. We are pleased that the settlement with Altec provides injunctive relief that will benefit all the company’s employees and future applicants.”
Please contact our firm for a free consultation.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles discrimination attorneys