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Jewish man claims he was the victim of religious discrimination

Everyone is entitled to his or her religious beliefs and should not be discriminated against in the workplace because of them. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is bringing forth a federal lawsuit on behalf of one of the employees of the Collier County Sheriff's Office. The man claims that he was routinely discriminated against because of his religious beliefs and even held back from getting a promotion.

The plaintiff observes the Hasidic Jewish faith, and, in 2009, he requested an accommodation to his schedule so that he would be able to take time away from work for religious observances. He also asked that he be permitted to wear his religious head covering and remain unshaven. His requests were allegedly denied.

The man was purportedly demoted from his position and then subjected to derogatory name calling. He also claims that a Nazi flag was put outside of his work area. When another position opened up as a cell-holding officer, the man alleges that he applied because he was more than qualified. After his application, the job was apparently revised so that his he could no longer be considered, and it was given to a less-qualified worker.

The plaintiff filed a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission due to the way he was being treated, but he was threatened and allegedly told that he would be forced to stop wearing his religious head covering and shave his facial hair. The EEOC determined that the Florida sheriff's office had discriminated against the plaintiff for his religious beliefs. If his claim is successfully presented, he may be awarded monetary damages for the emotional duress that he endured, as well as any other financial losses deemed just by the court.

Source:, "Collier County Sheriff's Office sued on religious discrimination claim", April 27, 2015

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