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California Muslim wins employment discrimination suit

A major fast food chain has allegedly discriminated against one of their employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed an employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a California man who claims he was unlawfully terminated. The man claims that he was terminated after he made a request to grow a beard as part of his religion.

The man was employed by McDonald's as a trainer prior to his termination. Under the laws, an employer is required to facilitate workers who have strong religious faith, without carrying out negative actions against the worker. McDonald's reportedly failed to heed to the requirements and did not allow the man to practice his Muslim religion by growing a beard. Ultimately, the worker was terminated from his position.

The man filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who filed a lawsuit against the company. McDonald's is required to compensate the worker in the amount of $50,000. In addition, the company agreed to train their staff members on employment discrimination.

When workers are suddenly terminated from their job positions, it tends to put their finances and sometimes mental well-being in jeopardy. Refusing to allow an employee to practice his or her religion while at on the job or committing some form of adverse behavior against the worker is considered unlawful and the employer may be subject to sanctions and civil claims. Victims of discrimination at the workplace may pursue justice through the California civil court system and file employment discrimination claims. The victims may receive compensatory relief and the court may impose any number of sanctions against the employer.

Source: The National Law Review, McDonald's Restaurants of California, Inc. Settles EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit, No author, Dec. 22, 2013

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