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Sticker shock: First ‘accident’ in two years at Georgia plastics plant is a lawsuit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources

Workers at Berry Plastics in Rome, Ga., wear stickers noting the number of days the plant has gone accident-free. As the number neared 666, employee Billy Hyatt alerted his boss that he would not be wearing that day’s sticker. Reason: Revelation 13:18 in the Bible says “666” represents Satan.

When day 666 arrived, Hyatt asked for a religious accommodation. The boss, instead, gave him a three-day suspension. When Hyatt returned, he was fired.

Hyatt sued, citing religious discrimination, noting his “sincere religious belief that to wear the number 666 would be to accept the mark of the beast and be condemned to hell.” He’s seeking back pay, front pay, benefits and costs.

The lesson: C’mon, people! This is a classic case where a simple accommodation—let him wear the “665” sticker for two days—could have avoided a messy lawsuit and PR black eye.

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Theophile February 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Agreed, Buildings have excluded 13th floors for the same reasons, even in a country started with 13 states! Personally though I could have seen a little more sensitivity to the number 20 years ago when George Bush said ” Until Saddam complies with UNSC resolution 678 and the preceding 12 resolutions, we will continue to bomb Iraq.” How’s that enforcing Georges new world order resolution 666 working out for those Christian Iraqis 20 years later?

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