TRUMP'S EEOC DEFENDS CHRISTIANS FIRED BY KROGERS FOR BEING CHRISTIAN
CONWAY, Ark. - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed suit against The Kroger Company for violating federal civil rights law in that an Arkansas location allegedly fired two employees who sought religious accommodations not to wear an apron with a rainbow heart on the bib, symbolizing homosexual and bisexual pride.
"Although [Lawson and Rickerd] personally hold no animosity toward the individuals who comprise the LGBTQ community, the practices of that community violate [their] sincerely held religious belief," the lawsuit states, according to the Miami Herald. "[Lawson and Rickerd] believed wearing the logo showed [their] advocacy of the community, which [they] could not do."
According to reports, Brenda Lawson, then age 72, asked if she could wear her name tag over the heart instead. Co-worker Trudy Rickerd, then 57, submitted a letter requesting the allowance to wear a different apron and advised that she was willing to pay for it herself.
Both were fired from the Conway grocery store in June 2019 for violations of the store dress code.
Kroger, which is reportedly the most financially successful grocery chain, has a page on its website outlining that the company "proudly support[s] our LGBTQ+ friends and family."
The EEOC contends that Kroger's actions against Lawson and Rickerd violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It says that it sought a pre-litigation settlement through a conciliation process before resorting to filing a federal lawsuit.
"[Kroger] refused to accommodate the religious beliefs of Lawson and Rickerd, and disciplined and terminated them because of their religious beliefs and in retaliation for requesting a religious accommodation," the lawsuit states, according to the Miami Herald.
The government is seeking an injunction against future incidents, as well as back pay and compensatory damages for the two women. (UNQUOTE)
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