EEOC: Donut Making Plant Violated Title VII By Not Accommodating 7th-Day Adventist Employee

There was an old Dunkin Donuts commercial where one person says, What time is it? And the other person replies, Time to make the donuts!

Well, for an employee with certain religious beliefs, maybe not just anytime is right to make the donuts. A Dunkin Donuts manufacturing facility in Arden, N.C. stands accused by the EEOC of failing to accommodate a Seventh Day Adventist who applied for a donut maker job at the plant. Problem was the management wanted him to start working on a Friday afternoon, which would have taken his shift through Friday night when the Seventh-Day Adventist Sabbath begins.

So after management revoked the job offer, and the EEOC got wind of what happened, well you can guess the rest. The EEOC sued the facility in federal court for a Title VII violation for not granting the applicant a reasonable accommodation that would allow him both to work and to observe his religion–the very essence of Title VII’s protection against religious discrimination.

The case is Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Citi Brands, LLC d/b/a Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery, Civil Action No. 1:13-CV-00236. You can read more about it here.


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