An employee in Wisconsin who is concerned about religious discrimination in the workplace may find a current lawsuit involving the supermarket chain Food Lion insightful. Religious discrimination is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and employees with sincere religious beliefs are required to be given reasonable accommodations. In the Food Lion case, an employee reportedly initially received this appropriate consideration when he worked in a store in Winston-Salem. However, the accommodations were not made at the Kernsville store to which he was later transferred. He was allegedly fired in 2011 due to his inability to work on Sundays.
The employee requested scheduling consideration for Sundays and Thursday nights so that he could attend formal activities in connection with his beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness. The manager of the second store allegedly indicated that this was a problem. The suit filed on Aug. 20, 2014, has been brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the former employee. The suit seeks back pay in addition to punitive and compensatory damages and various losses.