Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fired Employee Claims HIs Religious Objections To Direct Pay Deposit Should Have Been Accommodated

According to Northwest Ohio Media Group, an employment discrimination lawsuit was filed last week in an Ohio federal district court by a man who has a history of filing religious discrimination lawsuits against large companies.  Plaintiff Lee Yeager says that his Christian fundamentalist beliefs prohibit him from having a bank account because he believes banks engage in Biblically prohibited usury. Yeager was terminated from the internship program at FirstEnergy Generation Corp. after he refused to agree to have his pay directly deposited into a bank account.  The complaint (full text) in Yeager v. FirstEnergy Generation Corp., (ND OH, filed 3/3/2015) contends that the company could have reasonably accommodated plaintiff's religious beliefs without undue hardship. In January the Ohio Civil Rights Commission ruled in Yeager's favor on the direct deposit claim, but the company is appealing the ruling.