Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Bus Driver Can Move Ahead With Religious Objection To Fingerprinting

In Kaite v. Altoona Student Transportation, Inc., (WD PA, Oct. 30, 2017), a Pennsylvania federal district court allowed a school bus driver to proceed with her religious discrimination and retaliation claims against her employer.  A newly enacted state law required the driver to undergo a background check, including fingerprinting.  According to the court, plaintiff, a devout Christian, sought an accommodation because of her belief that fingerprinting is the "mark of the devil" which is forbidden by the Book of Revelation.  Defendant refused any accommodation and dismissed plaintiff.  Legal Intelligencer reports on the decision.