Before we get into this week’s roundup, congratulations to Rachel Maryles, Assistant Program Director of Religious Diversity in Health Care and Religious Diversity in the Workplace for being featured in Forbes’ article, “How Social Entrepreneurs Heal The World's Wounds!” The article mentions Rachel and other winners of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation fellowship.
- The agency is suing a New Jersey Lexus car dealership on behalf of Gurpreet Kherha saying the company "strictly enforced its dress code without granting reasonable religious accommodations" (NorthJersey.com). During the hiring process, a recruiter on behalf of the dealership told Khera, a Sikh, that he would not be hired unless he shaved his beard to comply with the company’s grooming policy.
- Richard Nichols, a Mormon Assistant Manager of a Washington Walmart says the company violated his rights by refusing to give him Sundays off to observe the Sabbath. Walmart is disputing the suit saying “we're surprised by the charges because this associate has never had to work on Sunday” (News Tribune).
- The EEOC is suing Virginia moving and storage business Lawrence Transportation Systems after the company refused to hire Christopher Woodson, a Rastafarian, because he would not cut his dreadlocks. Woodson said “he wears his hair in dreadlocks because his Rastafarian religious beliefs state that followers should not cut their hair” (My Fox). He offered to tie it up or wear a cap, but the company denied his request.