The Patty Tipton Company Settles Religious Discrimination Lawsuit
The Patty Tipton Company settles a religious discrimination lawsuit for $5,000. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") on behalf of Megan Woodard. The problem began when Woodard, a college student, applied for a job from the company. Woodard is a member of a fundamentalist Baptist church and the female members are not allowed to wear pants.
Woodard was denied the position due to her request for the religious accommodation not to wear pants. This is a violation of the law. An employer must make a reasonable accomodation based on someones valid religious beliefs. In this case wearing clothing other than pants would not have affected her job performance and was a reasonable request. Although the settlement was not large it sends a message.
"Discrimination because of a person's religion is illegal and will not be tolerated." "Employers should be on notice that the EEOC will act aggressively to protect people from this type of discrimination." said EEOC attorney Laurie Young