Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fortune 500 Company Settles EEOC Religious Accommodation Lawsuit

EEOC reports that AutoZone, Inc. has settled a religious discrimination lawsuit brought against it by the EEOC in a Massachusetts federal district court.  The suit was brought on behalf of a former Sikh employee who was harassed  by mangers and customers and who was not permitted to wear a turban or a kara (religious bracelet). The employee, Frank Mahoney, was fired allegedly because of his religion and in retaliation for seeking an accommodation and complaining about discrimination. In the settlement, the Fortune 500 auto parts distributor will pay damages of $75,000, attorneys fees, and will adopt new policies and training procedures on religious discrimination.