Title VII – Religious Discrimination Lawsuit – $21 Million Dollar Verdict
A jury has awarded a Miami hotel dishwasher $21.5 million who was subjected to Religious Discrimination, finding that her employer violated her religious rights by repeatedly scheduling her to work on Sundays — and ultimately firing her.
Marie Jean Pierre, who worked as a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami, sued Virginia-based Park Hotels & Resorts, formerly known as Hilton Worldwide, in 2017 for violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Title VII bans employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
The award was filed on Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Miami. The jury also found she was due $35,000 in back wages and $500,000 for emotional pain and mental anguish.
Pierre, 60, is a mother of six and a member of the Soldiers of Christ Church, a Catholic missionary group that helps the poor. Pierre informed the Conrad Miami from the beginning of her employment that she could not work Sundays because of her religious beliefs, yet she was subjected to Religious Discrimination.
In 2009, she alleges the hotel scheduled her to work on a Sunday, according to the lawsuit. She says she told her employer she would have to resign, but in an effort to persuade her not to quit, they accommodated her request until 2015. Sometime in 2015, the kitchen manager at the Conrad Miami, “demanded” Pierre work Sundays. On March 31, 2016, Pierre says she was fired for alleged misconduct, negligence and “unexcused absences,” according to the lawsuit, but the jury found that she was really a victim of Religious Discrimination.
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