SmartStyle Family Hair Salon has paid $20,000 plus additional relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC.
The lawsuit charged that SmartStyle, which operates salons in Wal-Marts throughout North Carolina, failed to accommodate Rebecca Spain’s request to work after noon on Sundays so she could attend morning church services.
“Employers must remember that it is their obligation to provide a religious accommodation unless they can show due hardship,” said Lynette Barnes, an attorney in the EEOC’s Charlotte office.
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