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Starbucks Barista Who Declined to Wear Gay Pride T-Shirt Sues Over Firing

A former Starbucks Corp. barista in New Jersey sued the coffee chain on Thursday, claiming she was fired illegally because she did not want to wear a “PRIDE” T-shirt, which she said conflicted with her religious beliefs. Betsy Fresse said …

Security Firm to Pay $90K to Settle Religious Discrimination Suit in California

Universal Protection Services, LP, dba Universal Protection Services, a nationwide private security services company, will pay $90,000 and furnish other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed in California by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced …

FEMA Declares Church Centers Now Eligible for U.S. Disaster Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that private nonprofit houses of worship are now eligible for disaster assistance as community centers, without regard to their secular or religious nature. The change is effective for disasters declared on or after …

Ex-Esurance Worker in South Dakota Sues Over Alleged Discrimination

A former Esurance call center worker in South Dakota is suing the insurance company alleging discrimination and harassment because he’s Jewish. The Argus Leader reports that Brandon Marshall filed the federal lawsuit on Aug. 15. Marshall claims his supervisor called …

Pennsylvania Hospital Sued Over Firing of Employees Who Refused Flu Shots

Federal authorities are suing a Pennsylvania hospital, alleging religious discrimination in the firing of six employees who refused to get flu shots. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Erie, Penn., by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Saint …

National Federation of the Blind Sued for Alleged Religious Discrimination

The National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the U.S., violated federal law when it refused to allow an employee to observe his Sabbath and instead terminated him because of his religion, the …

EEOC Charges UPS No-Beard Policy Violates Muslim Workers’ Religious Rights

United Parcel Service, Inc., the nation’s largest package delivery company, violated federal law by discriminating against workers and job applicants whose religious practices conflicted with its uniform and appearance policy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged in …

EEOC Sues N.Y. Health Firm for Religious Discrimination

A Syosset, N.Y.-based health network violated federal law when it forced employees to take part in religious activities in the workplace and fired employees who opposed such activities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit. Such …

Court Dismisses Alabama Catholic TV Station’s Suit Against Obamacare

An Alabama-based religious broadcasting organization is reviewing its options after a federal judge dismissed its lawsuit challenging part of the new federal health care law. U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn threw out the lawsuit filed the Irondale-based Eternal Word …

Lawsuits Against Birth Control Benefit Appear Supreme Court Bound

The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities have filed dozens of lawsuits against the …