Miracles Do Happen! Fired Dishwasher Is Compensated With Over $21 million After Being Sacked For Missing Work On Sunday Due To Church
January 22, 2019 18:24 By Mambee
It's been a long time since the dark days, when employers were seen as lords and their workers had no voice.
However, there is still room for improvement. There are several counts of discrimination and victimization on different grounds in professional life, one of which is religion.
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In the US, the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects against all forms of victimization due to religion, but, sadly, there are still a few setbacks.
Even so, the legislation makes a significant difference, and individuals have become more aware of their right to practice their faith at all times.
An example of such is Marie.
From the kitchen to the court!
For a decade, between 2006 to 2016, Marie Jean Pierre worked as a dishwasher at the Conrad Hotel in Brickell. Apart from her job as a dishwasher, she was also a devoted missionary at the Soldiers of Christ Church.
This meant she couldn't be available for work on Sundays.
Then, the unexpected happened in 2015.
Suddenly, chief kitchen coordinator, George Colon, decided to include Sunday in her work schedule. This was unusual, as everyone was well aware that Marie took her religious obligations seriously.
Poor Marie tried to find her way around it and exchanged work hours with colleagues for weeks, but still, George was unsatisfied and stuck with her working on Sundays.
When she refused to follow that, he fired her. After this, Marie took her complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
She was given the go-ahead to sue her former employer, and, in May 2017, she charged the hotel to court.
In her complaint, which was read to the court, she accused the hotel of creating an unsympathetic work climate for her, condemning her for her religion, and firing her for it.
Fortunately for her, she triumphed and was compensated in millions. The hotel was ordered to pay $36k for lost wages, $500k for emotional torture and a whopping $21 million for punitive damages.
Marie's lawyer, Martin Saenz, released a statement on the outcome of the trial. He said:
“In her mind, God prevailed. We asked that the jury make an example out of this case.”
Also interested in missionary work?
Just like every other commitment, it can be quite a hassle. However, with dedication and the right mentorship, you can be an active participant in the promotion of good will. Here are some tips:
1. Choose a religious environment or place of worship that you feel most connected to;
2. Be self-aware. This will help you choose the best tasks that go well with your skills;
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3. Join a strong community that supports you;
4. Ensure active participation in important works, and respect the leadership;
5. Find a tutor that will help grow and develop in lacking areas.
Surely, Marie won't regret making those choices. And she is proof that standing steadfast in faith can take you places you never imagined you'd go