The Associated Press reports that, according to the lawsuit, Tracey Gordon informed managers two years before being fired that she was a member of the United Church of God and the denomination celebrates its Sabbath on Saturdays. Gordon said managers worked with her on the schedule for a while, then it became a problem.
The store fired her in January 2004 when she refused to work on Saturdays. The EEOC suit charges the store with “failing to reasonably accommodate [the plaintiff’s] religious belief and practices,” according to the AP.
The EEOC is seeking $300,000 in back pay and restitution for Gordon. A spokesman for the Columbus, Ohio – based company wouldn’t comment on the case until company attorneys could review it.