A few months after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) had filed a religious discrimination lawsuit in behalf of a former Burger King employee who is a Pentecostal Christian employee, the hamburger fast food chain has agreed to settle the lawsuit.
The said lawsuit was actually filed by the EEOC against the giant hamburger fast food restaurant chain last September.
The lawsuit claimed that a Burger King franchisee failed to accommodate Ashanti McShan’s religious beliefs. McShan is a Pentecostal Christian and thus, part of her belief is that wearing long skirt symbolizes her being religious follower.
The lawsuit further claimed that the right from her job interview, McShan already informed Burger King about the aspect of her religious faith, and the company agreed that she could wear long skirt instead of the company’s usual uniform – black pants. However, during her job orientation, she was told by the managers that wearing skirt is not allowed therefore she was sent home but she was never asked to return to work thereafter.
Now, aside from the $25,000 monetary relief, Burger King is also required to submit to other non-monetary reliefs as part of the settlement agreement.
Meanwhile, both the EEOC and McShan were pleased with the resolution of the lawsuit. On the other hand, Burger King was commended by the EEOC for its willingness to enter into an early settlement according to the agency’s recent press release.
Apparently, Burger King wants to start its new fiscal year clear from any legal raps since it had also settled a slew of its decade long sexual harassment lawsuits just a few days ago, noticed by a Los Angeles discrimination lawyer.