A former Amazon delivery service driver in Florida won an anti-discrimination lawsuit against the provider.
Tampa Bay Delivery Service, LLC will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a federal religious discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The unnamed Christian employee requested to take Sundays off to attend worship services, but his employer scheduled him anyway.
When he reminded the dispatcher that he could not work on Sunday due to his religious beliefs, the company terminated him for failing to show up to his shift.
The EEOC argued the delivery service violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which “prohibits discrimination based on religion and requires employers to reasonably accommodate an applicant’s or employee’s sincerely held religious beliefs unless it would pose an undue hardship.”
Tampa Bay Delivery Service will designate a religious accommodation coordinator and provide training for managers and dispatchers to prevent religious discrimination and accommodate requests.
“We commend Tampa Bay Delivery Service for working collaboratively with EEOC to resolve this lawsuit,” said Robert E. Weisberg, regional attorney for the EEOC Miami District. “The company’s willingness to address EEOC’s concerns will help in preventing future employees from being forced to choose between employment and a religious belief.”
“We encourage other employers to follow Tampa Bay Delivery Service’s lead and review their religious accommodation policies and practices to ensure that workers are not denied opportunities due to their religious beliefs,” added Evangeline Hawthorne, director of the EEOC’s Tampa Field Office.