Teen Sues Burger King For Religious Discrimination Over Uniform

By on Aug 25, 2012 in Business, United States, World Comments

Burger King was sued by a teen in Texas for religious discrimination, international news sites reported on Friday, August 24, 2012.

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According to reports, Ashanti McShan filed a lawsuit against Burger King saying that she was fired for wearing a long skirt, instead of the uniform pants, to work.

McShan was 17 years old when she was hired as a cashier at the Grand Prairie Burger King in August 2010, a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on her behalf said. McShan is a Pentacostal Christian, her religious beliefs forbid women to wear men’s clothing. During her interview for the job, her interviewer assured her that “she could wear a skirt to work,” the lawsuit said.

However, during the orientation, another store manager reportedly told her that she could not wear a skirt and “she had to leave the store”, in spite of her explanation that there was a religious issue.

“The result of the foregoing practices has been to deprive Ashanti McShan of equal employment opportunities because of her religious beliefs and observances as a Christian Pentecostal,” the lawsuit said. The incident could be a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reports said.

Meanwhile, Burger King did not comment on the matter. “As a normal course of business, Burger King Corp. does not comment on personnel or legal matters related to its franchisees, who independently own and operate Burger King restaurants,” Burger King was quoted as saying in a statement by The Huffington Post.

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