Required Uniform Can Amount to Religious Discrimination

Kroger, a large grocery store chain, recently settled a suit brough forth by the EEOC on behalf of two employees. The Kroger employees refused to wear a required uniform because they believed a patch on it was supportive of the LGBTQ+ community; such support goes against their religious convictions. The employees claimed that Kroger discriminated against them on the basis of religion by punishing and ultimately firing the employees for not wearing the uniform. The EEOC argued that an employer cannot require employees to support messages in violation of their religious beliefs when such support does not pertain to an essential job function. To avoid further litigation, a settlement was reached and Kroger has implemented a clear policy for claiming religious exemptions. Click here for the EEOC press release on the matter.

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