EEOC Pursues Religious Discrimination Claim against Walmart

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has filed a lawsuit against Walmart alleging religious discrimination for failure to accommodate an employee’s religious scheduling requirements. The employee is a Seventh-Day Adventist who requested to not work between sundown on Friday and sundown Saturday.

This is not the first time the EEOC has sued Walmart for religious discrimination. In a press release, EEOC regional attorney Gregory Gochanour said “an employer of Walmart’s size and resources should know that the law requires employers to accommodate employees’ religious beliefs, or at least make a sincere effort to accommodate them. The EEOC will go to court as many times as necessary to ensure Walmart understands its obligations under the law.”

Julianne Bowman, district director of the EEOC’s Chicago District, said that “the EEOC found during its investigation that Walmart rescinded [the employee’s] offer rather than even accommodate him. This is not the right way to handle such situations, as Walmart still needs to learn.”

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