Marie Jean Pierre, a religious Christian who refused to work on Sundays, was fired from her job as a lodge dishwasher in 2016. This week, the Florida lady was awarded $21 million after suing her former employer citing spiritual discrimination.
“I like God,” she instructed NBC 6 Miami. “No work on Sunday, as a result of Sunday I honor God.”
Pierre labored as a dishwasher for The Conrad Resort from 2006-2016, the Miami-Herald reviews. Her employers had been conscious of her involvement with the Troopers of Christ Church that prevented her from working Sundays. Nonetheless, in 2015, bosses scheduled her to work Sundays anyway.
After weeks of buying and selling shifts with co-workers, Pierre’s employer demanded she come in for her scheduled shift. When she refused for six weeks straight, she was fired.
Pierre then filed a criticism with the Equal Employment Alternative Fee, suing The Conrad claiming the “Defendant retaliated towards Plaintiff by, amongst different issues, making a hostile work setting for Plaintiff, reprimanding Plaintiff for her spiritual beliefs, and terminating Plaintiff.”
A federal jury has now ordered the lodge to pay Pierre $36,000 for misplaced wages, $500,000 for emotional anguish and $21 million in punitive damages. Hear Pierre’s tackle the matter under.