Little more than a sizable organization that engages in bullying nowadays is the LGBT lobby. People who merely adhere to their customary, protected by the constitution religious beliefs are subject to job loss, shame, and other consequences.
This was demonstrated once more when Brenda Lawson and Trudy Rickerd, two Kroger employees, were fired for refusing to wear aprons with colorful hearts to symbolize their support for sexual vice.
The federal government, in the shape of a lawsuit brought on their behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the final weeks of former President Donald Trump’s administration, came to the two employees’ aid.
According to Insider, the lawsuit claimed that “Defendant Employer refused to consider Lawson’s request for a religious accommodation for her sincerely held religious belief.”.
“On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lee Rodofsky, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump in July 2019, ordered Kroger Limited Partnership to [pay] $180,000 to Rickerd and Lawson and ‘provide reasonable accommodations to employees who have sincere religious objections to Kroger’s dress code,’ court documents show,” according to the outlet.
The two former workers “both have sincerely held religious beliefs that homosexuality is a sin and that they cannot support or promote it.”
The present government was thus forced into the awkward position of having to issue a statement hailing its triumph against “the LGBTQ+ community,” one of its steadfast allies. Even though it must have seemed like the most bizarre victory lap in history, the career bureaucrats at the EEOC managed to “commend” the business they had sued.
Of course they did, after all. Wasn’t Kroger just trying to do the right thing? A little religious prejudice among friends is acceptable, right?
The full EEOC statement can be seen here:
EEOC and Kroger Limited Partnership I Resolve Religious Discrimination Lawsuit
Employees Denied Religious Accommodations, Federal Agency Charged
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Kroger Limited Partnership I will pay $180,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced today. The EEOC had filed suit on behalf of two former employees who worked at a Kroger store in Conway, Arkansas.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Kroger Limited Partnership I engaged in religious discrimination when it disciplined and ultimately fired the employees for refusing to wear an apron with the company’s “Our Promise” symbol because they believed it represented support for the LGBTQ+ community. Kroger denies the allegations.
The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Kroger Limited Partnership d/b/a Kroger, Store No. 625, Civil Action No. 4:20-CV-01099 LPR) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Central Division, after first attempting to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
The parties decided to resolve the case with a consent decree to avoid additional costs and uncertainties of future litigation. As part of the settlement, Kroger Limited Partnership I has agreed to create a religious accommodation policy and provide enhanced religious discrimination training to store management.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“The EEOC commends Kroger on its decision to create a policy describing the process for requesting a religious accommodation,” said Faye A. Williams, regional attorney of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “This policy will provide guidelines for requesting religious accommodation. The parties in the case worked in good faith to resolve this matter, and the Commission is pleased with the resolution.”
The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov. Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates.
The so-called “progressive” and tolerant left is dedicated to defending the downtrodden LGBT minorities — even to the point of punishing those who refuse to fly the flag of these sexual sins. CONTINUE READING…