Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wiccan Sues For Employment Discrimination

A Hartford, Connecticut woman who was employed as a sales manager for Bath and Body Works filed suit alleging employment discrimination, wrongful termination and infliction of emotional distress after she was fired because she was a follower of Wicca. The complaint (full text) in Uberti v. Bath and Body Works, LLC, (D CT, file 10/15/2009), filed in a Connecticut federal district court, alleged that Gina Uberti's new regional manager objected to her practice of taking a week of her vacation time in October to travel to Salem, Massachusetts to celebrate Samhain (the start of the New Year). Her former manager had approved the vacation time. However her new manager questioned her priorities in light of a project being rolled out by the company and fired her, saying: "I will be damned if I have a devil-worshipper on my team." Yesterday's Courthouse News reported on the lawsuit. [Thanks to "Janus" for the lead.]