EEOC: Company Wrong to Deny Job to Member of Nondenominational Church

Refusing to hire an applicant because of his religion is a violation of Title VII whether or not the person belongs to a particular church denomination. So says the EEOC, which last week brought a religious discrimination lawsuit against a Detroit-area car dealership that allegedly refused to hire an applicant for a sales job after learning of his religious beliefs.

The applicant, Brandan Allen, was a member of a non-denominational church, the EEOC said. He applied to work for Feldman Automotive, which has dealerships throughout metro-Detroit and Lansing.

“Some employers need to learn that religious discrimination and a 21st-century workplace don’t mix,”  said Miles Shultz, trial attorney for the EEOC’s Detroit Field Office.  “The EEOC is here to fight for people  unreasonably asked to choose between their faith and a job.”

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