Importance of Educating Your Managers about Religious Discrimination Laws
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 Stephen Hans Blog
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Author: Stephen D. Hans & Associates

Restaurant owners must ensure their managers understand employment laws and put policies in place that protect their business against discrimination lawsuits. Providing a non-hostile work environment to employees is an essential guarantee of their civil rights.

Recently, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) brought a lawsuit against Food Lion, based on religious discrimination. Food Lion is a supermarket chain, headquartered in North Carolina that employs an estimated 73,000 workers. The store cited in the claim was located in Winston Salem, N.C. The manager hired an employee, Victaurius L. Bailey to work as a meat cutter. Bailey was also a Jehovah's Witness minister and elder. Based on his faith, terms of his employment schedule allowed the employee to attend church services on Sundays and church related meetings on Thursday evenings. The store manager who hired him agreed not to schedule him for work on Sundays and Thursday evenings. When the company transferred Bailey to a different store in Winston Salem, the manager at the new store told him he did not see how it was possible to keep him if he could not work on Sundays. He was fired in 2011 due to his unavailability for Sunday work.

However, this decision to fire him violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which requires employers to attempt to make reasonable accommodations based on an employee's religious beliefs unless it causes undue hardship for the company. The EEOC sued on behalf of the worker and sought back pay, along with past and future monetary losses, compensatory damages, punitive damages and injunctive relief.

An experienced employment law attorney can help you avoid terminations that violate civil rights laws and can potentially result in discrimination cases. Stephan Hans & Associates is a well-established employment litigation firm located in Long Island City, Queens and our employment litigation experience dates back to 1979.

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Michael Proc, Age 80, of Manhattan, formerly of Queens, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the NY Veterans Home after an illness. He was born January 28, 1934 to the parents Clement and Anna Proc, Bayside, NY who proceed him in death. Also preceding him in death, two sisters, Mildred Proc Zupky & Helen Proc Robey and one brother, Walter. His loving partner of forty-five years, Mona Turetsky, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his brothers Andy Proc of Greenacres, FL and John Proc of Rockledge, FL and his sister, Katherine Proc Garlin, of Ft. Smith, AR, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends in NY, FL, WA, AR, OK & TX. Michael was a champion bowler who bowled weekly with friends at the 34th St Bowl in Jackson Heights for over 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea 1952-56. Viewing and Memorial services were held at Conway Funeral Home, Jackson Heights, NY on 9/28/14 4-7PM and burial services will be conducted at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL at a later date to be determined.
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