Thursday, November 30, 2017

Believer In Mark of the Beast Entitled To Unemployment Comp

In Kaite v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, (PA Commnw. Ct., Nov. 29, 2017), a Pennsylvania appellate court reversed the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review and held that a suspended employee whose unemployment compensation claim was rejected was justified in refusing to comply with an employer's fingerprinting requirement. Petitioner Bonnie Kaite contended that "she was raised to believe that any marking on the hands or head is the mark of the devil and will prevent her from getting into heaven...."  The court went on to say:
The United States Supreme Court has held that a conditioning of the availability of benefits upon an employee’s willingness to violate a cardinal principle of her religious faith effectively penalizes the free exercise of her constitutional liberties. Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398, 406 (1963).
Penn Live reports on the decision. [Thanks to Tom Rutledge for the lead.]