Earlier this month, we wrote about a workplace discrimination case in which a Muslim worker at Disneyland was prohibited from wearing a head covering. Unfortunately, another well-known company is in the news after one of their former employees says managers told her she had to adhere to their dress code even though it violated her religious beliefs.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against a Burger King franchisee on behalf of the former employee. The former worker is a devout Christian Pentecostal, a religion that requires women to dress conservatively in dresses or skirts. Two years ago, during an interview at a Burger King restaurant in another state, she asked if she could wear a long black skirt rather than the required black slacks in observance of her religion.
At first, the woman's request was granted. However, when she arrived for orientation, she was told she could not wear a skirt. She was asked to leave the restaurant.
This kind of behavior by employers is a clear instance of religious discrimination. Under U.S. law, employers are prohibited from discriminating against their employees on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Despite the clear laws against workplace discrimination, it appears that many employers ignore them.
In order to prevent workplace discrimination from happening in the future, employers that are guilty of discrimination must be held accountable. Denver residents who believe they are victims of workplace discrimination have legal recourse. Speaking with an experienced employment law attorney is often a wise first step.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Burger King Sued For Discrimination After Allegedly Firing Pentecostal Christian For Wearing Skirt," Meredith Bennett-Smith, Aug. 23, 2012