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Conscientious objector vs. his military employer

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A company whose business is maintaining and repairing U.S. Navy equipment has agreed to settle with an employee who said his religious convictions prevented him from working on “weapons of war.”

Harry Davis—a Jehovah’s Witness who worked at a Dresser Rand facility near Corning—sued the defense contractor after he was fired for refusing to work on a part destined to be installed on a submarine. To avoid violating his religious principles, he requested a transfer. The company refused, and then fired him.

Davis filed an EEOC lawsuit claiming religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Instead of taking the case to trial, Dresser Rand agreed to pay the worker $110,000 and train its man­­­­agers concerning employer obligation to accommodate religious beliefs if it cannot show doing so would constitute an undue burden.

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DTrent February 20, 2012 at 12:19 am

WHO is Raymond Hanson & WHY did he claim my comment as his own?!?!? ADMINS PLEASE!?!??


DaVinny February 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm

The owner of some stocks that were for parts that originally had nothing to do with the military donated the proceeds to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Once they were made aware of this they declined the donation – end of story. It happened in the sixties I believe, for about a year and a half. Hasn’t happened since, but if all you got is one instance in a worldwide organization, covering over 200 countries, and hundreds of millions of dollars in donations, that happened half a century ago and was corrected… I guess that proves your point?


SteakFace February 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

They company settled, because they’d be eviscerated in court.


moron slayer February 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Late Breaking News: Everything that has a “headquarters” recieves direction from it. Otherwise, its not an organization. But thanks for the hate drivel.


Fredrick Small February 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm
Raymond Hanson February 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The Watchtower Society corporation was sued for covering up child abuse and the plaintiffs won their case.The Watchtower itself could be facing wrongful deaths suits over the blood transfusion tort of misrepresentation.
We haven’t heard much about these cases but we will.

Suing is a two way street.


Raymond Hanson February 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

Suing is a right & a personal decision no matter who you are.


Raymond Hanson February 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

Good thing we have laws upholding the rights of individuals. The sweat-shops of the 19th century are disappearing but slowly. Women’s rights, disabled rights and other rights should not be trampled on.


Raymond Hanson February 19, 2012 at 3:28 am

Jehovah’s Witnesses are highly litigious like Scientology,they receive direction from their Watchtower Society head quarters and will sue at the drop of a hat ….that is a fact.


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