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When she was hired in 2006, the told her employers that she could not work on Sundays because she had to serve in church. “I love God,” Pierre, 60, told NBC Miami on Wednesday. “No work on Sunday, because Sunday I honor God.” For the first seven years, her employers allowed her to take out Sundays from her schedule, but that changed in 2015 after one of her kitchen managers demanded that she worked on Sunday.
Initially, she began switching shifts with co-workers but the kitchen manager, who has been identified as George Colon, later insisted that she worked Sunday shift herself, reports Miami Herald.
When Pierre objected to this, she was sacked in March 2016 for “alleged misconduct, negligence, and ‘unexcused absences.’” After losing her job, Pierre contacted a lawyer who informed her that her firing was a violation of her and .
She subsequently filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the hotel of “creating a hostile work environment”. In 2017, the immigrant eventually filed a lawsuit for violation of her civil rights, citing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans employment discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, sex or national origin.
Pierre won the case at the Florida federal court after the jury granted her $21 million in damages, plus $35 000 in back wages and $500 000 for emotional pain and mental anguish.
According to her attorney, Marc Brumer, her client’s dismissal was unfair. “They accommodated her for seven years and they easily could have accommodated her, but instead of doing that they set her up for absenteeism and threw her out. “She’s a Soldier of Christ. She was doing this for all the other workers -