Michael, a practicing Rastafarian, wears a cap to prevent his “spiritual energy from escaping into the atmosphere.” He was fired from his delivery driver job at a North Carolina catering company after refusing to remove it. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued for religious discrimination on his behalf. (EEOC v. Triangle Catering, LLC)
The lesson: An employee’s sincerely held religious belief must be accommodated, unless it poses an undue hardship on the employer.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Repeated bra snapping leads to resignation and lawsuit
- Don't break the bank for effective wellness programs
- Bias complaint? Beware 'helpful' career advice
- Consider uniform, ADEA-compliant severance and rights-waiver releases--even if age isn't factor