Dishwasher Refused to Work on Sundays and Awarded $21 Million
Marie Jean Pierre a 60-year-old dishwasher for Park Hotels and Resorts in Miami which was previously Hilton sued her previous employer after she was fired because she wouldn't show up to work on Sundays. Pierre was consistently scheduled to work Sundays which went against her religious beliefs. According to the lawsuit Pierre was fired in 2016 for "misconduct", "negligence" and “unexcused absences,”. Pierre felt that her employer violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to History.com the Civil Rights Act of 1964 "ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement"
Pierre belongs to the Soldiers of Christ Church, which is a Catholic missionary group and said she needed Sundays off from work when she first went to work for her employer in 2009. At first Pierre's employer gave her Sunday's off, but after a few years of receiving Sundays off, her employer started to schedule her again on Sundays. Marie Jean Pierre’s lawyer Marc Brumer told the Sun-Sentinel that even though a jury awarded Pierre the multi-million dollar settlement she will probably only go home with $500,000. The reason being there is a Federal limit.
Do you think that Pierre had a right to sue her employer? Should she just have gone to look for another job that could meet her scheduling needs? Tell us what you think in the comments below. Does this win in court open the door for several people to start suing their employers?