The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission has alleged religious discrimination in an employment discrimination case against McDonald's. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff asked his employers at a Fresno, California McDonald's for permission to wear a beard according to his religious practices. Such a request falls under legal guidelines for accommodating religious beliefs of employees, according to the director of the Fresno EEOC. However, the lawsuit alleges that the employer illegally declined to allow him to wear a beard while working and subsequently terminated his employment.
California may soon be joining Oregon as the only states to provide protection against workplace discrimination and harassment for unpaid interns. A Democratic legislator announced that she will introduce a bill in January that grants unpaid employees and interns the same legal protection against harassment and workplace discrimination that is given to paid employees.
A federal judge has ruled that Abercrombie & Fitch was wrong when they fired a female Muslim employee of one of its Bay-area stores for insisting on wearing a hijab, which is a scarf that covers the head. The company argued that the hijab she wore violated its marketing strategy. The judge, however, found that there was no creditable evidence that the headgear affected the store's sales and said it was a case of employment discrimination.
Legislators in California are considering revoking the tax-exempt status from a number of groups, such as the Boy Scouts and different little league sports, if they discriminate when choosing members. The bill, SB 323, stops any of the nonprofit youth groups from receiving exemptions that demonstrate sexual-orientation discrimination or discrimination based on race, nationality or religion. The bill seems to be focused on the Boy Scouts in light of the controversy regarding the group's restrictions on letting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people become members or leaders. While the national organization later decided to admit gay members, they continued to ban any leaders who were openly homosexual. A Democratic state senator was upset by their decision and decided to introduce and push the legislation.
A bill that would end LGBT worker discrimination throughout the United States was seen as possibly going to a vote in the Senate. Specifically, sexual orientation discrimination, as well as that based on gender identity, would be banned under the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The bill was passed by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, with its support divided along partisan lines.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will help battle religious and national origin discrimination, particularly against Sikhs and Muslims, in the state. The Workplace Religious Freedom Act reiterates the prohibition of workplace discrimination against employees who wear turbans, beards, hijabs or yarmulkes.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed an employment discrimination suit against a Burger King franchisee for firing a cashier after she showed up to work wearing a skirt. The cashier is a member of the Christian Pentecostal church. The woman told managers that her faith required her to wear gender-appropriate clothing while at work -- specifically, a skirt instead of the standard-issue Burger King uniform pants. The woman explained her dress-code position to the hiring manager, who appeared to not have an issue with the employee's request in the interview. However, when the employee came to work wearing a skirt on her first day, store management said her attire was inappropriate and told her leave the store.
A former Disneyland restaurant employee filed a federal employment discrimination lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company based on religious discrimination and harassment. The 28-year-old Muslim employee, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, said Disney fired her because she wanted to wear a hijab to work. A hijab is a head scarf worn by Muslim women.The employee worked as a hostess at Storytellers Café at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California. She asked Disney whether she could wear a hijab at work. She offered to wear one that matched her uniform or showed the Disney logo.
A car dealership will pay five American workers of Afghan origin almost half a million dollars to resolve a discrimination lawsuit. The supervisor at the organization labeled the employees as terrorists and intimidated them. He promised retaliation if they reported his actions. The business must now provide training on employment discrimination to supervisors. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will follow up to ensure the company is treating employees properly. The organization must also publicly post information about the case at their business.
The former Fire Chief for the city of Stockton, California, is claiming he was the victim of religious discrimination and was wrongfully terminated. The wrongful termination suit was filed against the Stockton City Manager and Deputy City Manager as well as the city. As many in California may have heard, the city of Stockton is heading towards bankruptcy, which could put the final outcome of the case well into the future.