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Lowe’s to pay $120,000 in Sunday-hours suit

BY Brae Canlen

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s has agreed to pay $120,000 to settle a religious discrimination and retaliation lawsuit over an employee who claimed he was scheduled to work on Sunday, against his wishes. 

The U.S. District Court case, filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charged that Lowe’s violated federal law when it refused to reasonably accommodate the religious belief of an employee at its Morristown, Tenn., store. The worker had requested being excused from working on the Christian Sabbath. Instead, the EEOC said, the company retaliated against him when it scheduled him to work on Sunday for 27 out of 28 weeks.

Lowe’s has denied the allegations. “We’re confident we would have been successful at trial, but by resolving the case, we can get back to the business of servicing our customers,” said a Lowe’s spokesperson.

Besides providing monetary relief, the Sept. 20 consent decree enjoins Lowe’s from any future refusal to accommodate the "sincerely held religious beliefs" of its employees or retaliating against any employee for requesting a religious accommodation. The decree provides that Lowe’s will make an addendum to its human resource management guide. In addition, Lowe’s will provide employment discrimination awareness training to its store managers, assistant managers and human resource managers in the East Tennessee area, and post a notice regarding the settlement.

Lowe’s claims that it offered the aggrieved employee alternatives to working on Sunday “that balanced his needs with the store’s ability to service our customers.” The company maintains an environment that respects its employees’ religious beliefs, its spokesperson said.

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K.Kerski says:
Sep-28-2011 01:23 pm

There seems to be missing
There seems to be missing information. Lowe's states they offered the employee alternative work schedule instead of Sunday. If that is true the employee shouldn't have a claim and it should not have gone to court at all! But I have read of many instances where a person without a case gets a court date and the business pays. Even a signed contract has not protected businesses.

T.PROCTOR says:
Sep-27-2011 01:45 am

II only know the details that
II only know the details that are in this article, but I find it hard to believe that Lowe's, all of a sudden, has decided to put their ability to do business with a government license on the line, just to make this guy work on his Sabbath. Doesn't smell right.

d.rutter says:
Sep-23-2011 12:17 pm

As much as I don't care for
As much as I don't care for big box companies,I understand their need to hire Only people who are willing to work on Sundays.It would be the same as a crab boat operator getting sued because his fisherman's religion did not accomodate his window month of crab season.Most customers today can only go out to shop on Sundays because of their work schedules.I'm sure the BIG BOSS would understand........

M.MAXSON says:
Sep-22-2011 03:15 pm

i have a small chain of
i have a small chain of retail building supply stores in western Colorado.90% of our employees have been in our employ for 20 plus years.we are successful & sound!!! this was done by treating our personell well & fairly.personell is the key!! wake up big box guys.

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