Construction firm settles religious discrimination case
Posted September 24, 2010 11:43 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A Goldsboro construction company will pay $47,500 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, officials announced Friday.
The EEOC had charged that T.A. Loving Co. discriminated against three men by firing them for refusing to work on Saturdays, which is their Sabbath as members of the Seventh-Day Adventist faith.
In addition to the $47,500 settlement to be shared by the three workers, the three-year consent decree resolving the case includes court orders to prohibit T.A. Loving from engaging in further religious discrimination and re¬quire anti-discrimination training for company managers. The company also must tell the EEOC whenever workers request religious accommodations or report religious discrimination.
“Employers must respect employees’ sincerely held religious beliefs and carefully consider requests made by employees based on those beliefs,” Lynette Barnes, regional attorney for the EEOC’s Charlotte District Office, said in a statement. “No person should be forced to choose between their religion and their job when the company can provide an accommodation without suffering an undue hardship.”