Over failure to work on Sundays due to her religious believe, 60-year-old Marie Jean Pierre who worked as a Dishwasher at Conrad Miami Hotel was relieved of her duty in 2016.
Pierre, a devout Christian missionary born in Haiti and attends Bethel Baptist church in Miami, was awarded $21 million dollars jury verdict for damages.
According to Pierre, she disclosed that she had informed her employer when she was hired that she couldn’t work Sundays because of her religious beliefs and should not have been scheduled for work on Sundays which she missed 6 times.
In her words: “I love God. No work on Sunday, because Sunday I honor God.”
The lawsuit Pierre filled argued that her former employer had violated the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which protects workers from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or national origin.
A jury in federal court ruled in her favor on Monday, granting her $21 million in damages, plus $35,000 in back wages and $500,000 for emotional pain and mental anguish.
“They accommodated her for seven years, and they easily could have accommodated her, but instead of doing that, they set her up for absenteeism and threw her out,” her attorney Marc Brumer said.
“She’s a soldier of Christ. She was doing this for all the other workers who are being discriminated against.”