Monday, May 08, 2006

Librarian Wins On Claim For No Sunday Work

The Alliance Defense Fund announced on Friday that a federal court jury in Kansas City, Missouri has awarded damages for back pay in excess of $53,000 to a librarian formerly employed by the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library System. Librarian Constance Rehm prevailed on her claim against the public library system that it had failed to adequately accommodate her need to abstain from work on Sunday for religious reasons. Rehm was fired for insubordination shortly after she requested a change in her work schedule. (Background.) Rehm's suit was based on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which applies to both public and private employers.