The EEOC filed a religious discrimination lawsuit last month against the Aldi supermarket chain after the two parties failed to reach a settlement.
The EEOC alleges that Aldi failed to provide reasonable accommodations for a Protestant employee at its Farmington, Pa., store after she requested Sundays off to observe the Sabbath.
Aldi fired the employee, who had a perfect attendance record since beginning with the supermarket in 1998, after she failed to report to work on a Sunday. While Aldi claims that it offered her time off to attend church, the EEOC denied that this was a reasonable accommodation.
Advice: This is the latest in a recent string of lawsuits in which employees claim that time off for attending religious services is not enough of a religious accommodation because their religion requires that the entire Sabbath be spent at rest.
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