Burger King Sued For Firing Christian Wearing Skirt

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Grand Prairie Burger King franchisee Fries Restaurant Management, LLC for religious discrimination, a violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This section of the Civil Rights Act prohibits an employer from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

According to the Dallas Morning News, two summers ago high school senior Ashanti McShan got a job working at a local Burger King outside of Dallas, Texas.

McShan is Pentecostal, a variation of Christianity that emphasizes fundamentalist principles and the unquestionable accuracy of the Bible. Pentecostal women often cover their heads while worshipping and dress conservatively.

Cashiers at McShan's restaurant are supposed to wear black slacks, but according to the lawsuit, McShan requested she be allowed to wear a long black skirt as a religious exemption.

"Defendant assured her that she could wear a skirt to work," the filing explains. "However, when she arrived at work for orientation, the store management informed Ms. McShan that she could not wear a skirt and that she had to leave the store... 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."

EEOC attorney Meaghan Shepard told the Dallas Morning News that McShan made a "simple request."

Ref: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/burger-king-sued-religious-discrimination-skirt-ashanti-mcshan_n_1826331.html?utm_hp_ref=food&ir=Food