A large restaurant chain faces a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by a woman who says her employer terminated her because of her pagan religious beliefs.
The woman worked as a baker for the restaurant for five months without issue. After a conversation with the store manager and assistant manager in which she disclosed her pagan religious beliefs, she says she began to experience discrimination. The manager cut her work hours, telling her that she "needed to find God." The manager also deducted wages for work breaks that she did not take and denied her request to transfer to another store. She contacted the restaurant's corporate human resources department but did not receive a response.
The harassment continued, and eventually the manager asked the plaintiff to give notice of leaving, then terminated her.
The plaintiff is requesting a jury trial and is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages. Heather Greene "A pagan says she faced religious discrimination while working at Panera. Now, she's suing." www.washingtonpost.com (Apr. 02, 2021).