January 18, 2019

"Dishwasher awarded $21M after being forced to work on Sundays"

WGN reports on a Miami verdict awarding $536,000 in compensatory damages and $21 million in punitive damages against the Conrad hotel for firing a dishwasher who failed to report to work on Sundays. 

The plaintiff argued that the hotel discriminated against her by failing to accommodate her religious practices, which preclude her from working on Sundays.  As the story notes, however, the punitive damages will be capped at $300,000 (the maximum amount permitted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964).