Friday, March 21, 2008

Wiccan Necklace May Have Been Reason For Discharge

A Starbucks employee who wore a Wiccan necklace to work raised material fact questions as to whether she was fired because of her religion, concluded a federal district court in Oregon, denying summary judgment to her employer. She was fired purportedly for a third corrective action notice when she failed to report for a scheduled shift. But the employee said she told her manager she would not be there due to an injury she sustained at work. (Hedum v Starbucks Corp, DOr, 90 EPD ¶43,107)

Her managers' repeated, pervasive and disparaging remarks about her necklace, prompting her to contact HR about permitted jewelry, and her coworkers' display of Christian religious jewelry with impunity, created an inference of bias. Full Story

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