In April of 2010, a Taco Bell in eastern North Carolina fired an employee named Christopher Abbey because he refused to cut his hair. Now we bet they are totally regretting that decision.
Family Foods Inc., the group that owns and operates a few of the mexican themed fast food restaurants in the area, has settled a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the practicing Nazirite.
Abbey has not cut his hair since he was 15-years-old because long hair is a way of showing his devotion to God in his faith. He didn't budge when his employer of six years asked him to comply with the company's grooming policy and now he's $27,000 richer as a result.
Lynette A. Barnes, a regional attorney for the EEOC, told sources:
“No person should be forced to choose between his religion and his job when the company can provide an accommodation without suffering an undue hardship.”
We totally agree! Everyone is free to worship any religion they want and the restaurant will now respect that right. As part of the ruling, Family Foods Inc. has to adopt a formal religious accommodation policy.