Lowe's settles religious bias suit against Morristown store

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Lowe's Home Center agreed to pay $120,000 and provide other relief to settle a religious discrimination and retaliation suit that was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced on Tuesday.

The suit claimed hardware chain's Morristown store refused to accommodate an employee's sincerely held religious belief. After the worker asked not to work on the Christian Sabbath, the EEOC claimed the company retaliated by making him work on the Sabbath for 27 out of 28 weeks.

The agency argued Lowe's violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The employee has since been moved to a position that doesn't require him to work on the Christian Sabbath.

“This settlement ensures that this employee will continue to receive the accommodation he should have been granted to begin with, and that managers and human resource personnel understand heir obligations under the law,” said EEOC Regional Attorney Faye A. Williams.


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  • by Doug S. Location: Lenoir City on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:32 PM
    So you get a Job at an establishment open seven days a week and don't expect to work on all days of the week. Lowes got the Shaft on this one.
  • by Sammy on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    It's retail! Of course you will have to work some shifts on the Sabbath. If you don't like it then don't go to work there! 27 of the 28 is alittle extreme though. Usually, don't they work every other? This stuff is why religion get a bad name... Idiots like this who win lawsuits cause they work on the Sabbath. Worshiping on a certain day isn't what makes you religious.

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