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Florida McDonald’s owner sued over religious discrimination

Believe it or not, but McDonald’s is one of the world’s largest employers with nearly two million people working to supply hamburgers, fries, chicken nuggets and more to a fast-food-hungry planet. The chain caters to all kinds of people in its more than 37,000 restaurants located in more than 100 countries.

It seems likely that the last thing McDonald’s wants is to be known as a company that discriminates on the basis of religion, but that’s the allegation made in a recent discrimination lawsuit filed against the owner of several Florida McDonald’s restaurants.

The owner was recently accused in a lawsuit of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The federal law prohibits discrimination based on religion. It requires employers to reasonably accommodate a job applicant’s or employee’s religious beliefs – unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.

According to the suit, a practicing Hasidic Jew applied for a job as a maintenance worker position in Longwood, Florida (about 250 miles north of Broward County). The man was told during the interview that he would be hired, but would need to shave his beard to comply with the company’s grooming policy. The applicant said at the time that he would not shave his beard because of his religious beliefs and offered to wear a beard net, but the offer was rejected.

The lawsuit requests back pay, and both compensatory and punitive damages, according to an article in the Insurance Journal.

If your rights have been denied by a Broward County employer, contact an attorney experienced in employment law litigation that results in justice and compensation.

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