A Florida employee who was negotiating his work schedule about going to church has been fired after he failed to show up for the Sunday shift, according to court documents.
Now the company owes him $50,000.
Tampa Bay Delivery Services LLC Amazon delivery partner Outside of Florida, he agreed to settle allegations of religious discrimination after the former worker filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC, which is tasked with enforcing federal anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, launched a lawsuit on his behalf last year.
Under the terms of the agreement that A federal judge approved On January 27, the Tampa Bay delivery service denied any wrongdoing but agreed to provide better training for managers and dispatchers as well as appoint a religious accommodation coordinator.
“We commend the Tampa Bay Delivery Service for working collaboratively with the EEOC to resolve this lawsuit,” said Robert E. Weisberg, EEOC District Attorney for the Miami District, in a press release. “The company’s willingness to address EEOC concerns will help prevent future employees from being forced to choose between employment and religious belief.”
A representative and attorneys for Tampa Bay Delivery Service did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment on Monday, January 31.
According to the EEOC complaint, Tampa Bay Delivery hired the man in May 2019 as a delivery driver. He reportedly told the company during the hiring process that he could not work on Sundays because he is Christian and attends church on Sundays.
The owner agreed – if the man agreed to work on Saturdays as per the case.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said about four months later, the Tampa Bay delivery service specified that an employee would work a Sunday shift. He told them he couldn’t work that day and went to church instead. The complaint stated that the company dismissed him later that day.
The former employee filed a religious discrimination charge with the EEOC shortly thereafter, and the agency determined that there were reasonable grounds to believe that the Tampa Bay Delivery Service had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Her attempts to resolve the matter out of court failed, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint in the Central District of Florida on September 29.
Court documents showed that the parties submitted a proposed consent decree around the same time, which the judge did not approve until last week.
Under a two-and-a-half-year agreement, the Tampa Bay Delivery Service will pay the former worker $25,000 in back wages and $25,000 in damages. The company also agreed to:
Assign someone as a Religious Facility Decision Maker who will decide all religious facilitation requests from staff
Develop an anti-discrimination policy
Post a public notice about the EEOC allegations and the resulting settlement
Provide 90 minutes of personal training on religious discrimination to all managers and supervisors
Submit a written report to the EEOC every six months for the duration of the decree