Thursday, January 22, 2015
Company Settles EEOC Suit; Rejected Rastafarian Applicant Gets $50K In Damages
The EEOC announced Tuesday that Mims Distributing Co., a Colorado-based beer distributor, has agreed to settle an EEOC suit filed against it on behalf of a Rastafarian applicant for employment. Mims refused to hire Christopher Alston as a delivery driver unless he would cut his hair. Under a consent decree, Mims will pay $50,000 in damages, adopt a formal religious accommodation policy and conduct annual anti-discrimination training.