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Vonage to employee: ‘Come back after you convert’

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The EEOC has filed suit against Vonage Holdings Corp., based in Holmdel, for terminating a technical service agent because he is an Orthodox Jew. The lawsuit alleges that Vonage America Inc. barred the agent from taking a required six-week training course because he had to miss time to observe Jewish holidays in September and October, while others were allowed to be absent if they provided appropriate documentation.
    The agent alleges a manager told him, “You will not fit here,” and suggested that he could come back when he stopped practicing his religion.
    “This is a classic example of how an employer could have accommodated an employee’s religious beliefs at no cost, but chose the more costly route of discrimination,” an EEOC spokesman said.

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