A mining company’s refusal to accommodate an employee’s religious belief has cost it $586,860. A federal jury in Pittsburgh decided that Consol Energy violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it refused an employee’s request to use an alternative method for tracking his hours.
The man, an evangelical Christian, believed a biometric scanner that Consol employees use to clock in and out was associated with the Satanic “mark of the beast” mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
He asked the company to create an alternative system that would allow it to track his hours without submitting to the machine’s scan of his hand. When the company refused, he took an early retirement rather than compromise his religious beliefs.
He filed a complaint with the EEOC, which sued Consol on his behalf.
The federal jury awarded him $150,000 in compensatory damages and an additional $436,860 in back and front pay.