KFC Franchise Coughs Up $40K in Settlement of Religious Bias Suit Over Wearing Pants to Work

Tis the season-or at least the week–for the EEOC to settle religious discrimination cases against employers. Yesterday I wrote about its settlement with a Miami-based medical practice that forced its employees to perform rituals associated with the Church of Scientology.

In a second settlement this week, the EEOC said it has recovered $40,000 from a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. In this instance the dispute was over the franchise’s refusal to let a female employee wear pants to work, which she said was required by her Pentecostal beliefs.

But rather than let her wear pants, the franchise fired her because she refused to wear pants in conformity with the company’s dress code.

That’s a violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the EEOC alleged, because accommodating the employee’s religious beliefs would have not have caused the restaurant undue hardship.

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