Non-Profit Settles Claims it Retaliated against Rastafarian Employees

The EEOC has announced a settlement with a non-profit real estate developer arising from claims that the developer unlawfully fired a black Rastafarian employee for complaining about: racism; about an incident when a non-Rastafarian threatened to shoot a group of Rastafarian employees, and in retaliation for filing an EEOC complaint arising from these actions. The same developer had previously been sued for failing to accommodate the religious beliefs of Rastafarian employees who needed modifications to the developer’s dress code.

Interestingly, while the EEOC news release refers to race and religion of the employees, it does not make a distinction as to whether the discrimination claims arose from the employees’ race vs. religion.

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