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Steel mill pays out religious discrimination claim

Texas may not have steel mills like Pittsburgh and Indiana, but a religious discrimination claim can be filed in any of the United States. A Christian man was hired to work in the steel mill under the condition that he would not be required to work consecutive Sundays. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reported that the company forced the man to choose between working his Sunday shift or losing his employment, and he was ultimately terminated. The man only worked two weeks for the company before they refused to attempt to accommodate as required by federal law.

The company has been fined, and will for the next three years be required to report to the EEOC on progress in regards to religious accommodation. The fine will help the terminated man to stay on his feet until he finds new employment.

The EEOC reported a 9.5% increase in religious discrimination claims in the 2011 fiscal year compared to 2010. Many of these cases were due to an anti-Muslim basis, according to the EEOC, though we see in the case of the Indiana man, any religious group can face discrimination in the workplace.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, pregnancy and religion. In Texas, according to the Civil Rights Act of 1991, victims of discrimination in the workplace are eligible for financial compensation if it can be proven that the discrimination was intentional.

Source: BusinessInsurance.com, "EEOC settles Magnetics International religious discrimination claim for $30,000," Judy Greenwald, Aug. 16, 2012

  • Our Houston lawyers handle cases of workplace discrimination in the cases of race, religion, gender and national origin. Visit our Houston workplace discrimination page for more information.

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