LA Metro Trans Authority Settles Religious Discrimination Suit

October 18, 2005 ( - The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Department of Justice have agreed to a settlement in a religious discrimination suit. reports that the Department of Justice suit claimed the MTA engaged in unlawful employment practices by refusing to consider accommodations for bus operators who, for religious reasons, are precluded from complying with the MTA’s requirement that bus operators be available to work weekends, on any shift, at any location.

In particular, the Department of Justice alleged that the MTA discriminated against a Jewish employee by not accommodating his religious practice of observing the Sabbath from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday.

The settlement provides monetary relief to the Jewish employee and specifies accommodations to be made for bus operators and applicants for the position who can not comply with the MTA’s availability requirements due to religious practices.