Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Burger King Franchise Settles Religious Accommodation Lawsuit

Courthouse News Service reports that the parties filed a joint motion for entry of a consent decree (full text) on Jan. 16 in EEOC v. Fries Restaurant Management LLC, (ND TX). In the suit, Ashanti McShan, a Pentecostal woman who was hired as a cashier at a Burger King franchise, alleged she was fired after defendant refused to accommodate her religious beliefs and allow her to wear a skirt instead of uniform pants. In the settlement, the restaurant agreed to pay McShan $5,000 in back wages and $20,000 for mental anguish and other damages. The company also agreed to post notices of its non-discrimination policy and conduct training sessions for managers.