Friday, April 04, 2014

Discrimination Against Gay Employee By Religious Supervisor States Title VII Religious Discrimination Claim

In Terveer v. Billington, (D DC, March 31, 2014), Peter Terveer, a former management analyst with the Library of Congress alleged religious discrimination, sex discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Terveer claimed, among other things, that he was denied a within-grade salary increase after his supervisor, a conservative Catholic, learned that Terveer was homosexual. The court said, in part, that Terveer claims:
he alleged facts showing that he was discriminated against because he failed to live up to his supervisor’s religious expectations. The Court agrees with Plaintiff. Title VII seeks to protect employees not only from discrimination on the basis of their religious beliefs, but also from forced religious conformity or adverse treatment because they do “not hold or follow [their] employer’s religious beliefs."
Advocate reports on the decision.